The new CAFO rules, published February 12, 2003 in the Federal Register, were adopted within the authority of the 1972 Clean Water Act to address changes in the animal production industries. EPA’s revisions make the new regulations more effective in protecting or restoring water quality. They are more inclusive of certain sectors of the CAFO industries; removed several permitting exemptions; reflect a greater focus on land application; and emphasize accountability, inspections and recordkeeping. (Adapted from the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Stewardship Factsheet Series.)
The Tennessee regulations and permits come under the authority of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), with review assistance from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
"W080-Permit Requirements for Tennessee's Dairy Industry," The University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service, , http://trace.tennessee.edu/utk_agexani/49