In considering a CAFO permit, protection of surface and ground water quality are critical elements of the CAFO program, and an important and necessary component of approval.
ODA and DEQ issue permits that meet all requirements in Oregon's water pollution control laws and rules, and federal water pollution requirements. These requirements include a nutrient management plan, information about the facility's animal numbers, and detailed construction plans and specifications. The state reviews this information to ensure that the facility's design and operation will be protective of surface water and groundwater.
In addition to water pollution control laws, the proposed facility must independently comply with state and local land use requirements. Applicants are required to obtain a land use compatibility statement from the local jurisdiction stating that the proposed facility is consistent with the zoning of the proposed facility location.