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Effluent Guidelines

Meat and Poultry Products Effluent Guidelines

""EPA initially promulgated the Meat and Poultry Products (MPP) Effluent Guidelines and Standards in 1974, and amended the regulation in 2004. The regulation (40 CFR Part 432) covers wastewater directly dischargedHelpdirect dischargerA point source that discharges pollutants to waters of the United States, such as streams, lakes, or oceans. by slaughterhouses, further processors, independent renderers and poultry processors. The requirements are incorporated into NPDES permits.

Facilities Covered

Direct Dischargers—Existing and New Sources

  • All meat first processors (slaughterhouses)
  • Meat further processors that generate more than 6,000 pounds per day of finished products (examples: bacon or sausage)
  • Independent renderers of meat and poultry products that use more than 10 million pounds per year of raw material
  • Poultry first processors (slaughterhouses) that slaughter more than 100 million pounds per year
  • Poultry further processors that generate more than 7 million pounds per year of finished products (examples: ready-to-cook chicken cutlets or ground turkey)

Direct Dischargers—New Sources

  • All poultry first processors
  • All poultry further processors

Federal Register Notices

Additional Information

For additional information regarding Meat and Poultry Products Effluent Guidelines, please contact Steve Whitlock ( or 202-566-1541.
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