EPA agrees to hunt for livestock operations that may be violating clean water rules
By Sara Wyant
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of factory farm polluters threaten
The Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and Waterkeeper Alliance filed the lawsuit over a rule that effectively exempted thousands of CAFOs from taking steps to minimize water pollution from the animal waste they generate. More than 30 years ago, Congress identified factory farms as water pollution sources to be regulated under the Clean Water Act's permit program. But under this rule, NRDC says massive facilities were able to escape government regulation by claiming -- without government verification -- that they do not discharge into waterways protected by the Clean Water Act.
Under the settlement agreement, EPA will initiate a new national effort to track down CAFOs operating without permits and determine if they must be regulated. The specific information that EPA will ultimately require from individual facilities will be determined after a period of public comment. But the results of that investigation will enable the agency and the public to create stronger pollution controls in the future and make sure facilities are complying with current rules.
explained to Agri-Pulse by EPA, “EPA signed a settlement agreement with
environmental petitioners on May 25, 2010 regarding litigation challenging the
Agency’s 2008 CAFO rule. EPA is committed to protecting public health and the
environment and advancing the agency’s goals to protect
To read the 8-page “National Pork Producers Council v. EPA” settlement agreement, go to: www.agri-pulse.com/uploaded/NPPC_v_EPA_Settle.pdf
To read reaction from the National Pork Producers Council, go to: www.agri-pulse.com/20100527S2_NPPC_v_EPA.asp
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