Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
Virginia Pollution Abatement Regulation and General Permit for Poultry Waste Management [9 VAC 25 ‑ 630]
Chapter is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Action Develop requirements that will address concerns regarding transfer and off-site management of poultry waste in the Commonwealth.
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 8/21/2009
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8/12/09  7:49 am
Commenter: Mike O'Neill (Supporting Shenandoah Riverkeeper)

Please Pass Poultry Litter Regulation

As regards manures, specifically chicken manures used as a enhanced organic fertilizer….the oriental agronomist, literally local dirt farmers, applied the ‘product’ not as a solid, but as a liquid…for centuries.  Apparently, its easier to store and apply, and is easier to ‘dilute’ so as to get a better bang for your buck, so to speak.  We don’t use this system because of the associated smells I would suppose.  Also, most farmers have trucks, and fewer have tanks. 
In the liquid form, the product can and should be diluted, then applied as a liquid which quickly is absorbed by the soil and in that form, much more available to bacteria and plants as amendments.    I would suggest, that ‘runoff’ is minimalzed, and wind blown material from a dry application, would be also be minimalzed.  Poultry manures used as fertilizers are here to stay, I’m sure you would agree with that, it’s a matter or smarter usage and control. 
M. O’Neill

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