8.4.2 State and Local Nitrous Oxide Management Plans

LPDD Recommendation: “States should consider the imposition of nitrous oxide emission control standards for stationary sources, primarily power plants, and nitric acid production facilities.”

LPDD Recommendation: “States and local governments should include nitrous oxide among the list of covered GHGs in any broad programs, policies, and plans aimed at controlling GHG emissions.”

LPDD Recommendation: “States and local governments should introduce initiatives aimed at improving agricultural and livestock management practices to con­trol nitrous oxide emissions, including binding regulations, economic incentives, reputational incentives, and/or technical support.”

Delaware State Nutrient Management Law

The Delaware State Nutrient Management Law requires farmers prepare nutrient management plans, which must limit nitrogen application to the expected yield of the specific crop.

Maine Nutrient Management Act

Maine’s Nutrient Management Act bans winter manure spreading from December 1st through March 15th, which reduces aeration of nitrous oxide.

Maryland Nutrient Management Law

Fertilizer may not be applied to frozen ground, which reduces aeration of nitrous oxide, and various application rate limits for fertilizer are specified.

Minnesota Vegetative Buffer Requirements

A pioneering law requiring permanent vegetative buffers on farmland abutting lakes and streams. The law was designed to reduce runoff, but will also increase soil carbon sequestration on the new strips.

California Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Strategy

Calls for development of a comprehensive strategy to reduce short-lived climate pollutants, including methane. CARB’s strategy calls for significant decreases in emissions from dairy manure management.