Environmental Programs

The goal of the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association's Environmental Program is to serve as the industry resource for environmental concerns. For specific program information, use the category tabs.

  • Regulatory Issues
  • Poultry Wastewater Operators Training Program
  • Clean Water Award
  • Family Farm Environmental Excellence
  • Training Programs

USPOULTRY keeps poultry leaders abreast of the latest federal regulations and provides technical expertise to help maintain and grow a healthy food supply.

Technical Service Areas

EPA's CERCLA and EPCRA exemption rule became effective on January 20, 2009.
Information - Guidance

Initial Written Notification Reporting Forms
Poultry Operations
Poultry Layer Operations
Turkey Grow Out Operations
Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act Poultry Operations Continuous Release Written Report Form

Air Emmissions
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Notification of Compliance Status
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Area Source Standards for Prepared Feeds Manufacturing; Amendments
Greenhouse Gas Reporting Informational Sheet
Industrial Wastewater GHG Monitoring Checklist
EPA Rule Requiring Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gasses - Industrial Wastewater Treatment
Initial GHG Reporting Rule - Issued Oct. 30, 2009
EPA's Air Consent Agreement Presentation
Industry Petition
Form R Spreadsheet 1
Form R Spreadsheet 2
Form R Spreadsheet 3
NESHAP Area Source Standard for Prepared Feeds Manufacturing Final Rule
NESHAP Area Source Standard for Prepared Feeds Manufacturing - Feb. 21, 2012

Confined Animal Feed Operations
Avoid common errors and provide maximum operational
flexibility by reading the following documents before
you file for your permit.

CAFO Rule
Co-permitting
CAFO Settlement Agreement

Chesapeake Bay TMDL
Chesapeake Bay Settlement Agreement
TMDL "Tip Sheet"

Clean Water Act - Waters of the U.S.
EPA Draft Report - Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters

Poultry Wastewater Operators Training Program

The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association has developed a Poultry Wastewater Operators Training Program. The course introduces students to the regulatory structure governing poultry plant effluents; provides a primer in math, chemistry, and microbiology; and covers the predominant equipment and systems used to properly treat poultry effluent prior to discharge. The course is primarily geared toward operators and supervisors involved in poultry wastewater treatment for two years or less. The course will be led by Paul Bredwell, vice president, environmental programs, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. All attendees will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Class size is limited to 20 people. Registrations are processed on a first-come first-served basis.

Sessions are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on day one, and from 8:30 a.m. - approximately 3:30 p.m. on day two.

The enrollment fee is $195 per person for USPOULTRY member company representatives and $390 per person for nonmember company representatives. The fee covers lunch on both days.

No class is currently scheduled. The next Wastewater training class will be announced 6-8 weeks prior to class date.

If you are interested in scheduling a class and you have a minimum of 8 individuals who will attend, please contact Paul Bredwell.

Registration:
Register here.

Wastewater Operators Manual
Table of Contents
Sample Section

Process Flow Diagrams
Master Flow Diagram
Poultry Byproducts Processing
Poultry First Processing Facility Water Use Schematic
Further Processing Facility Flow and Water Use Schematic
DAF Pretreatment System

Note: all classes are subject to cancellation if there is insufficient registration. If you have suggestions where future classes should be held, please e-mail Paul Bredwell.

CLEAN WATER AWARD

The Clean Water Award recognizes outstanding wastewater treatment facilities operated by poultry companies.
An award is presented yearly in two categories: full treatment and partial treatment.

2014 Clean Water Award Application



2013 Winner
The winner in the full treatment category was GNP Company, Saint Cloud, MN, with Clay Watson (middle), Environmental Manager, and Ron Olmscheid (right), Plant Supervisor, accepting the award from John Pierson (left), Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute, and a member of the selection committee.

A video of GNP can be viewed by clicking the play button below.

 



2013 Winner
The winner in the pre-treatment category was Marshall Durbin, Jasper, AL, with Amanda Durham, Wastewater Superintendent, accepting the award from John Pierson (left), Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute, and a member of the selection committee.


A video of Marshall Durbin can be viewed by clicking the play button below.



Honorable Mention
Koch Foods of Gadsden, AL, which processes 400,000 birds per day and treats roughly one million gallons of wastewater per day, received honorable mention in the full treatment category.



 


FAMILY FARM ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARD

The Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award recognizes exemplary environmental stewardship
by family farmers engaged in poultry and egg production. The award program is open to family-owned
poultry growers or egg producers who supply a product to a USPOULTRY member or an independent
producer who is a USPOULTRY member.

Awards are presented once each year. Typically one award is given to a family farm from each geographic region
in the United States.

Now accepting applications!

Application Questionnaire
Essay Questionnaire
Application Rules & Instructions
Family Farm Award Outline

2014 FAMILY FARM ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

 

Southeast Region, Hilton Davis Farms LLC - Waynesboro, Mississippi

 

North Central Region, Lefevre Farms - Ft. Recovery,  Ohio

 
West Region, Arvance Ranch, Inc. - Kerman, California
 

South Central Region, Holliday Farms - Prairie Home, Missouri

 
Southwest Region, Bar G Ranch Poultry - Rogers, Texas
 

Northeast Region, Walker Poultry Farm - Ft. Seybert, West Virginia


2014 Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award SEMI-FINALISTS
Region Farm Name Location
North Central Wen-Crest Farms LLC Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Northeast Foltz Farm K LLC Mathias, West Virginia
South Central Varner Farms, Inc. Cassville, Missouri
Southeast Myatt Poultry Farm Barlow, Kentucky
Southwest Schoeneman Broiler Farm Franklin, Texas

 

Poultry and Egg Producers Environmental Enhancement and Protection Program (E2P2) Order Form

To help provide answers as to why Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) are an important part of the poultry industry, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) has created a series of six short videos. The series is called Poultry Insight, and the videos are a discussion with Paul Bredwell, vice president of environmental programs for USPOULTRY. The video series explains what a CAFO is, who owns CAFOs, potential impact of CAFOs on the environment, how producers manage their operations to avoid adverse environmental impacts, the benefits of CAFOs, and who regulates CAFOs.

Copies of the DVD may be ordered online. The video series may also be viewed via YouTube by clicking the play button below or downloaded as a Windows Media file (.wmv).

USPoultryRaisingChickens

DVD

Poultry and Egg Producers Environmental Enhancement and Protection Program (E2P2) Order Form

Module 1- Initial Facility Assessment

The Poultry and Egg Producers Environmental Enhancement and Protection Program (E2P2) is designed to assist poultry and egg producers in evaluating environmental strategies associated with the management of manure and other byproducts generated on the farm.

Module 1- Initial Facility Assessment addresses elements and mechanisms that can cause negative environmental impacts and discusses the preventative measures poultry and egg producers can take to remove impacts. Module 1 includes a worksheet that will allow you to track your facilities initial evaluation and document issues that may influence or cause a potential environmental risk so they can be dealt with in an orderly fashion.

This program is available to USPOULTRY members, free of charge.

DVD

Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Training Program (SPCC) Order Form

The Federal Oil Pollution Prevention regulation sets forth requirements to prevent, prepared for, and response to oil discharges. The primary purpose of Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule is to prevent oil spills from reaching navigable waters, which include streams, creeks, rivers and lakes. According to the SPCC Rule, an "oil" means oil of any kind or in any form.

Facilities that have an aggregate aboveground oil storage capacity greater than 1,320 gallons or a completely buried storage capacity greater than 42,000 gallons and have a reasonable expectation of discharging oil into or upon navigable waters of the United States or adjoining shorelines are subject to the SPCC Rule. Until recently agriculture was exempt but a recent revision extends the requirements of the program to farming operations. The compliance date for farms is May 10, 2013.

USPOULTRY's SPCC Training Program defines the requirements of the rule, identifies facilities affected by the rule, delineates required best management practices to prevent and control spills, identifies SPCC plan requirements, training requirements, inspection requirements and record keeping requirements.

The CD is available at no charge to Association members. Nonmembers may purchase copies of the CD for $200 each.

DVD

Carbon Footprint Estimation Toolkit Order Form

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association has recently revised its carbon footprint estimation toolkit for the poultry and egg industries. The revised toolkit includes a narrated tutorial to make the emission calculation and record keeping process more efficient.

The toolkit is an Excel based program used to assist facilities in evaluating their carbon footprint and was developed in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting requirements and potential GHG regulatory requirements associated with the Greenhouse Gases Tailoring Rule. The toolkit allows facilities to calculate the emission of GHGs generated by stationary sources (i.e. boilers and generators) by inputting the volume of various fuels used at the facility into a spreadsheet that has been populated with the necessary arithmetic equations. Additionally, the toolkit provides facilities with anaerobic processes operated at wastewater treatment plants with the ability to calculate and log those GHG emissions to evaluate their need to report as required by the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule.

UPDATED: Rev. 1 July 2013

Revisions include a tool which allows facilities to calculate emissions generated from its fleet of product delivery vehicles, as well as company automobiles and the personal automobiles of its employees. While emissions generated from mobile sources are not counted when determining the requirement to comply with the greenhouse gas reporting rule, this aspect of the tool will provide a facility the means to calculate its carbon footprint to expanded boundaries.

The CD is available at no charge to Association members. Nonmembers may purchase copies of the CD for $200 each.

DVD


The Stormwater Pollution Prevention Training Program provides the history and rationale behind the development of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitting program and also details the requirements of an acceptable Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan.

DVD


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