NRCS Practice Standard: Waste Facility Closure (360)
About the Company:
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s primary private lands conservation agency. The NRCS helps producers protect and conserve natural resources on private lands through voluntary conservation programs. Through Practice Standards and technical guides, the NRCS provides information about the conservation, energy resources, and provides personalized advice to individual producers.
The NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides technical and financial assistance to producers as they implement NRCS Conservation Practice Standards.
Technical guides used in each field office are localized so that they apply specifically to the geographic area for which they are prepared. Thus, while national guidelines have been provided as a framework for each standard, each state has adopted and modified the conservation practice standards to suit their individual landscape.
To find a local NRCS Service center click here.
To find the specific guideline for each state click here.
About the Solution:
Waste Facility Closure (360)
The decommissioning of a facility where agricultural waste has been treated or stored and is no longer used for the intended purpose.
The purpose of this practice is to: Protect the quality of surface water and groundwater resources; Mitigate air emissions; Eliminate a safety hazard for humans and livestock; and/or safeguard the public’s health.
This practice applies to an agricultural waste facility or livestock production site that is no longer needed as a part of a waste management system and is to be permanently closed or converted for another use. These facilities include liquid/dry waste storage or treatment facilities, confined animal housing, feedlots, livestock yards, and animal mortality or composting facilities. This practice also applies to rehabilitation of soil contaminated by agricultural wastes that have been stored or treated onsite.
All Federal, State, and local laws, rules, and regulations, including National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requirements, apply to the closure of a waste facility.
Remove existing waste transfer components and replace them with compacted earth material or otherwise render unable to convey waste. Remove all waste and associated material that could negatively affect water or air quality or pose a safety hazard. To minimize potential impacts to livestock, consider initiating a testing and monitoring program of nutrient levels in crop products, particularly livestock feeds, harvested from sites of closed animal confinement facilities. Consider minimizing the impact of odors associated with waste disposal.
Develop an operation and maintenance plan that is consistent with the purposes of the practice, and its intended life, safety requirements, and the criteria for its design.
Common Associated Practices
NRCS Conservation Practice Standard (CPS) Waste Facility Closure (360) is commonly used with other conservation practices such as:
To view the national NRCS standard Waste Facility Closure please click here.
Solution Strengths, Weaknesses and Critical Indicators
NOTE: There are multiple technologies that are used as part of integrated manure management systems and yet are not manure management types on their own. The impact of these technologies on their own would be minimal or very difficult to quantify.
General Support & Other:
- Can be an integral part of many manure management systems
- Most projects have at least some equipment that supports operations of the main technology
- This technology is not evaluated on its own, the NEAT Matrix for this technology is neutral unless utilized with other technologies.
Newtrient is using the USDA-NRCS conservation practice standards as tools to assist dairy producers in understanding the standards and how they can be used to address resources concerns.
To establish a Practice Standard a system or practice must be thoroughly vetted, approved, and standardized by the USDA at the federal and state level. These conservation practices have been developed to address various environmental resource concerns. Newtrient has developed a 9-point scoring process for ranking additives, practices, services, and technologies for the dairy industry. Recognizing the rigorous approval procedure used during the development of the NRCS Practice Standards, many of them score very highly and are worthy of consideration on any dairy where they apply.
The information provided here is a summary of the selected conservation practices. For up to date and detailed information related to the full Practice Standards, please see the USDA NRCS website, linked above.
1. OPERATIONAL HISTORY