MAEAPMichigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program
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The DEQ proposal closely follows MFB policy, as it does not include individual NPDES permits and allows farms that have averted discharges to voluntarily meet environmental performance standards by completing a CNMP and the MAEAP Livestock System.
A CAFO greater than 1,000 animal units that has not discharged would voluntarily seek coverage under a general NPDES permit or enter into MAEAP and undergo proactive inspections.
This plan is appealing because it does not mandate a one-size-fits-all approach, yet still provides environmental benefits, strengthens MAEAP and is economically viable for producers," Wood said.