URGENT – EPA Reporting Requirements for Swine, Dairy, and Poultry Farms

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November 9, 2017

URGENT- EPA reporting requirements for swine, dairy, and poultry farms

For many years EPA has exempted farms from reporting ammonia and hydrogen sulfide emissions. Many private entities have challenged that exemption and in April 2017 a judge overturned the exemption. Then in late October a judge determined that the deadline for reporting will be November 15 2017. There is still hope that the deadline will be extended to January, but that hasn’t happened yet.

The law as it stands right now is that farms must report their emissions to EPA by November 15. There is no reliable and accepted way to measure ammonia or hydrogen sulfide, only estimators. The information attached summarizes the best way for growers to report their emissions.

The EPA website is confusing, but here is the link that explains in detail and has FAQs:


Steps that must be taken:

See the attached information for the most detailed steps

  1. Call the National Resource Center, 1-800-424-8802, by Wednesday November 15 to be entered in their system and receive a CR-ERNS number.
  2. Within 30 days of the phone call, file a written report (also attached) and send to region 4 EPA office in Atlanta
  3. One year later, file a follow up report that states the farm is still in compliance.
  4. Keep good records

Additional details:

  • This is a federal law. We do not give legal advice.
  • Reporting is up to the grower.
  • Some of the companies are contacting their growers and advising them.

If producers are unsure whether or not they need to report, then just report.

There are a number of informational sessions scheduled in Eastern NC and the NC Pork Council will be holding several conference calls for producers to help them understand what is required for compliance. The details of those calls are forthcoming but the in-person meetings scheduled so far are following (back of this sheet):

Lenoir County

Monday, November 13th, 4 p.m.

Lenoir Co Livestock Arena

Greene County

Tuesday, November 14th, 9 a.m.

39 Vandiford Thomas Rd, Farmville


Duplin County

Tuesday, November 14th, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.

Duplin County Extension Office

Bladen County

Tuesday, November 14th

2 p.m. or 7 p.m., Bladen County Extension Office

Pitt County

Tuesday, November 14th

4:30 p.m., Pitt County Ag Center

Please note: This does not apply to small, backyard, and/or pastured animals. This is mainly for confined animal operations.

If you have any questions, you can reach our office at 919-496-3344.

Martha L Mobley

Ag Agent, Livestock

Franklin County

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Persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Charles F. Mitchell, County Extension Director, at 919.496.3344 or email charles_mitchell@ncsu.edu or fax 919.496.0222 or appear in person at the County Extension Office at least 5 days prior to the event registration deadline.