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Reporting Compliance Assistance for
Continuous Releases by the Poultry Industry

n Dec. 18, 2008 the US EPA published a final rule that required reporting air emissions from animal manure. Farms with less than 125,000 chickens, 30,000 laying hens or broilers using liquid manure handling systems, or 82,000 laying hens if the farm does not use a liquid manure system are exempt from reporting under this rule. 

Farms larger than these are considered concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and must provide initial telephone notifications of air emissions to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) through the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and written follow up reports to SERC (through DNREC) and the LEPC.

Poultry growers should report by phone as soon as they become aware of the reporting requirement and they also must provide a written followup report within 30 days of initial notification. The air emission of concern for chicken manure is ammonia.

Initial Notification:
To satisfy the initial notification requirement, Delaware poultry growers must notify both the LEPC and the SERC:
• SERC toll free number is: 1-800-662-8802
• LEPC toll free number is: 1-866-274-0884

Followup Written Notification:
A follow-up written report is due to the SERC and the LEPC for the county in which the poultry farm is located, within 30 days of the date of the initial notification. The poultry grower should maintain a copy for his or her records. Poultry growers may use the following report form to satisfy the written notification requirement:

This is not an annual report, but if there is a change in operation (significantly more chickens or less) a poultry grower must fill out this report again as an update or "written notification of change." (Contrary to initial guidance, automatic submission of a report on the one-year anniversary of initial written notification is not required.) 

Once completed, the report must be mailed to the SERC at:

Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control
Division of Air & Waste Management Central Repository
89 Kings Highway
Dover, Delaware  19901

A second completed report must be mailed to the LEPC for the County in which the poultry farm is located. The addresses are as follows:

Sussex County LEPC   
Sussex County EOC       
PO Box 589  
Georgetown, DE 19947-0589

Kent County LEPC
Kent County Emergency Services Building
911 Public Safety Blvd.
Dover, DE 19901

New Castle County LEPC
Office of Emergency Preparedness
87 Reads Way
New Castle, DE 19720

 For more information contact:

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Emergency Prevention and Response Branch
Ellen Malenfant

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