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PA Dead Animal Act, Title 7 SB
Chapter 105 Disposal of Dead Domestic Animals and Animal Waste Subpart B
105.1 General authority. The Department shall have the authority and the duty to cause the sanitary and safe disposal of dead domestic animals, domestic animal products and domestic animal parts, tissues, excrement and other wastes to prevent the spread of transmissible diseases or dangerous transmissible diseases or the spread of contamination by hazardous substances. This subchapter shall not apply to the disposal of carcasses of domestic animals slaughtered for human food nor to the premises or the rendering operations on the premises of a licensed slaughter establishment subject to official Federal or State inspection, provided that such inspection includes inspection of the rendering operations. S2351
105.2 Requirements for disposal of dead domestic animals and animal waste.
A. The following requirements shall be met regarding the disposal of the bodies of dead domestic animals: S2352 (a)
I. Persons owning or possessing domestic animals that they know to have died of dangerous transmissible disease shall report the occurrence of the disease to the Department and dispose of the domestic animals under the supervision and instruction of the Department.
II. Persons caring for or owning domestic animals that have died shall prevent exposure of the carcasses of such dead domestic animals to other living animals, domestic animals and the public and shall dispose of the carcass within forty-eight (48) hours after the domestic animal dies. Disposal shall be accomplished in accordance with the requirements of this chapter.
III. Dead domestic animals, parts of dead domestic animals, offal and animal Waste may not be transported on public highways for any purpose unless such materials are transported in a manner that precludes contamination of the environment or danger to animal or public health.
105.3 Dead animal disposal methods shall be in accordance with the following requirements;
A. Burial of dead domestic animals, parts of dead domestic animals and animal products shall be in accordance with the following requirements.
I. Burial of dead animals shall not result in contamination of ground water by substances hazardous to animal or human health or the environment -
II. Burial of dead animals shall not permit access of vermin, scavengers or other potential vectors of disease. Burial shall include a cover of sufficient depth and character to prevent exposure of the dead animals by burrowing or digging by animals, subsidence or eruption ~s a result of decomposition -
III. Burial shall be in accordance with local ordinances and regulations of the Department of Environmental Protection.
B. Disposal of dead domestic animals, parts of dead domestic and animal products by incineration shall be acceptable when the result is an ash free of substances hazardous to animal health, human health or the environment.
C. Disposal of dead domestic animals, parts of dead domestic animals and animal products by composting shall be acceptable under the following conditions:
I. Compost ingredients shall not contain material suspect of, exposed to, or contaminated with dangerous transmissible disease agents or hazardous substance unless expressly approved by the Department.
II. Composting shall be conducted in a structure that permits the following conditions:
a. The Compost process shall not be adversely affected by weather.
b. Compost product shall contain no intact dead animal tissue other than bone or intelligent fragments.
c. The compost process temperature is monitored to assure that temperature! time requirements for optimum biodegradation are met. (One hundred fifty degrees Fahrenheit (150F) for thirty (30) minutes or more.)
d. Compost material is mixed to assure uniform temparature/time reaction.
IV. Dead domestic animals, parts of dead domestic animals, offal and animal waste shall be disposed of only in accordance with qne of the following methods or a method hereafter approved by the Department:
i. Burial in accordance with regulations governing water quality
ii- Incineration in accordance with regulations governing air quality.
iii. Processing by rendering, fermenting, composting or other method according to procedures and product safety standards established by the Department.
V. Dead domestic animals parts of dead domestic animals, animal products and animal waste may be temporarily stored under refrigeration and, or in leak and odor proof containers until disposed according to the requirements of the Chapter 103.
B. Importation restricted. No dead domestic animal, offal or parts of dead domestic animals may be transported into this Commonwealth unless transported directly to d diagnostic laboratory or consigned and delivered to a dead domestic animal disposal plant licensed by the Department, S2352 (c)
C. Feeding restricted. ~o uncooked dead animal or uncooked dead domestic animal parts, including offal of any description, shall be fed to domestic animals unless processed in accordance with regulations adopted by the Department. ~2352 (b)
E. Disposal of dead domestic anima1s, parts of dead domestic animals, animal products and animal waste including excrement shall be in accordance with, in addition to the requirements of this Chapter 103, the Nutrient Management Act, regulations of the Department of Enviromental Protection, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and local ordinances -
F. Dead domestic animals, parts of dead domestic animal products and animal waste quarantined by the Department shall be handled and disposed only in accordance with the quarantine requirements.