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Proposal for a Substantial Change to an AWMP for an Existing CAFO in Area 5

Notice of Public Participation Opportunity

Notice issued:  January 10, 2014
Written comments due:  5 p.m., February 14, 2014

What is proposed?
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is proposing to approve a substantial change to an Animal Waste Management Plan (AWMP), as described the OR Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit #01-2009 (CAFO Permit No. 01-2009), for an existing Large Concentrated beef cattle feedlot CAFO. The CAFO, Symons Livestock, LLC is located in Jefferson County, near Madras, OR, 97741, and is registered to CAFO Permit No. 01-2009 under Master Address No. 184698.

The substantial change to the AWMP consists of adding land application areas. 

The CAFO NPDES General Permit #01-2009 regulates the manure, litter, and process waste water generated by CAFOs to ensure that CAFO activities do not harm water quality. For more information on this CAFO, see the Animal Waste Management Plan (AWMP).

How can I get more information?
​The CAFO NPDES Permit #01-2009 and the Notice of Public Participation Opportunity can be found online at:
Oregon Confined Animal Feeding Operation National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit 01-2009
(944K pdf) 

You can review the updated AWMP at the Salem office of ODA, 635 Capitol St. NE, Salem, OR 97301, or in the Bend field office located at 475 NE Bellevue Drive Suite 110, Bend, OR 97701. If you wish to review the AWMP, please call (503) 986-4699 to schedule a review appointment.

Opportunity for public hearing
ODA will schedule and conduct a hearing on written request from at least ten (10) people, or from an organization or organizations representing at least to (10) people. ODA will provide at least 30 days advance notice of the hearing, if one is requested. If a hearing is held, the records will remain open for additional written comments for at least seven (7) days after the hearing.

Where can I send comments?
ODA accepts comments by mail, fax, or e-mail. Please send comments to:
William Matthews
635 Capitol Street NE
Salem OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-4792
Fax: 503-986-4730
E-mail: wmatthews@oda.state.or.us

What happens next?
ODA will review and consider all comments received during the comment period. Following this review, ODA may proceed as proposed, request that modifications be made to the updated AWMP, or not approve the AWMP.

Accessibility information
ODA is committed to accommodating people with disabilities at our hearings. Please notify ODA of any special physical or language accommodations, or if you need information in large print, Braille, or another format. To make these arrangements, contact ODA at 503-986-4700.