Proposed Delaware Nutrient Management Program State Technical Standards

The Delaware Nutrient Management Commission, pursuant to 3 Del. C. § 2220(a), proposes to revise its regulations incorporating by reference the State Technical Standards developed by an appointed committee to establish appropriate standards for nutrient application, development and implementation of nutrient management and animal waste management plans, compliance with CAFO permits, and siting new CAFO facilities. The State Technical Standards can be viewed in person at the Delaware Department of Agriculture or online at http://dda.delaware.gov/nutrients/. Written comments should be sent to Chris Brosch, Administrator of the Delaware Nutrient Management Commission, 2320 S. DuPont Highway, Dover DE 19901. Written comments will be accepted until July 31, 2017 pursuant to 29 Del. C. § 10118(a).

The proposed rule changes are as follows, additions are indicated in underline, deletions are indicated in strike-through:

“State Nutrient Management Program" or "SNMP" means all the nutrient management program elements developed by the Commission, whether or not reduced to rules or regulations.

State Technical Standards” are the practices and conduct required of individuals or entities overseen by the Nutrient Management Commission that were developed by a group of environmental scientists, agronomists, engineers, planners, agricultural operators, and policy makers from the Nutrient Management Commission, Department of Agriculture, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the University of Delaware, USDA NRCS and the private sector. The Commission hereby adopts the State Technical Standards in their entirety by reference".