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Feedlot Permit Program

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO)                    

Reissuance of the General Water Pollution Control Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations

The contested case hearing to reissue the General Water Pollution Control Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) was held Sept. 27-29 in Pierre. After 2 1/2 days of testimony, Secretary Steve Pirner, acting as hearing chairman, approved revisions and adopted the general permit. The permit will now take effect 30 days after it has been signed by the Secretary, who cannot sign it until after attorneys have completed findings of fact and conclusions of law.  Representing the Feedlot Permit Program, the Office of Attorney General submitted the first set of draft Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law – 39 pages, 244 findings, and 20 conclusions - on November 21.  The other parties, to include Dakota Rural Action, had 30 days to submit their objections and findings, but due to the workload that is contemplated for locating the Agency’s proposed facts in the record, Dakota Rural Action requested a 45-day extension.  The 45-day extension with a deadline of February 4, 2017, was granted by Hearing Examiner Catherine Duenwald on December 12, 2016. 

A record of all submissions related to the contested case proceeding is available on the DENR contested case webpage.

In South Dakota, concentrated animal feeding operations are regulated by a water pollution control permit. One of the permit requirements is that producers submit the plans for their manure management system. The plans and specifications for their system must meet Department of Environment and Natural Resources design requirements and be approved by a department engineer. For more information, contact Kent Woodmansey with the Feedlot Permit Program at (605) 773-3351.                  

The department has developed tools to assist producers in understanding the permitting process, selecting a good location for a new operation, and to answer common questions about the general permit. The department maintains a list of consultants who have indicated they provide engineering and/or geotechnical services related to the design of manure management systems. The department also maintains a list of crop consultants that can assist producers with preparing initial and annual nutrient management plans.

General Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and an application form for obtaining coverage under the permit. View and Print or Complete Online and Print

Information for New and Expanding CAFOs

Environmental Training for Livestock Producers

Nutrient Management/Manure Management Tools


How to file a CAFO complaint


Wet Weather Management Information

Other Educational Materials

EPA'S CAFO Rules-Notice: Clicking here will take you to EPA's website

Should you have any questions, contact Kent Woodmansey at (605) 773-3351.

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