A bill that would exempt animal feeding operations from reporting their air emissions should be able to move through the Senate quickly, given its bipartisan support and a looming deadline from a federal appeals court.
Farm and environmental groups are sparring over the number of animal feeding operations subject to new emissions reporting requirements and how extensive those requirements should be, as a reporting deadline approaches.
The Environmental Protection Agency has another two months to complete emissions guidance for animal feeding operations (AFOs), courtesy of an order today from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. EPA now has until Jan. 22 to finalize its guidance for AFOs.
Can manure be regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act? Nearly three years ago, a federal judge said yes, it can be, in a ruling that cast a spotlight on how the dairy industry manages its waste.