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EPA Lifts Requirements For Livestock Farms To Report Waste Pollution

A new exemption gives large farms a victory in a long battle among the EPA, Congress and environmental groups to sort out reporting requirements for large farms to report pollution with possible health hazards. (Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons)

The Environmental Protection Agency has decided to adopt a rule to let large livestock operations off the hook when it comes to reporting toxic emissions from waste.

Environmental groups have jeered the move, saying it puts communities surrounding the facilities at higher risk because they will lack access to information about harmful airborne gasses.

Federal law until 2008 required farms to alert the government when toxic pollution reached levels that threatened public health.

President George W. Bush gave major farms a loophole, but environmental groups sued and a federal court overturned that in 2017.

Groups such as Earthjustice have already pledged to sue against the new rule.

Health agencies list a wide range of health risks from waste lagoon emissions, such as asthma and chronic lung disease.

A 2002 study found that in North Carolina, the country’s top pork-producing state, swine CAFOs are located disproportionately in low-income and African American communities and in areas heavily dependent on ground water.

Read More:

  • EPA Exempts Farms From Reporting Pollution Tied To Animal Waste (The Hill)
  • EPA Finalizes Livestock Emissions Reporting Exemptions (Feedstuffs)
Chad Bouchard

Chad Bouchard is a veteran reporter and WFIU alum who has covered wild and wooly beats from Indonesia to Capitol Hill. His radio work has aired on NPR, PRI and Voice of America, and his writing has appeared in The Sunday Telegraph and Scientific American’s health magazine, Lives. He has also spent a lifetime gardening, foraging and eating weird stuff.

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