EPA Has Until May 1 to Address Livestock Emissions Reporting Rule

DTN writer Todd Neeley reported yesterday that, “Livestock producers will have until at least May 1 before they are required to report certain emissions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.

“The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted a request the EPA made on Jan. 19 to delay the rule.

“In April 2017, the court threw out an EPA decision to not require livestock operations to report emissions of more than 100 pounds per day of either ammonia or hydrogen sulfide. That essentially allowed the reporting rule to take full effect on Nov. 15, 2017. But in November 2017, the court delayed the rule.”

Mr. Neeley indicated that, “The National Pork Producers Council and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association filed court briefs in support of the EPA’s request to delay the mandate in the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, or CERCLA, and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, or EPCRA.

“The EPA requested the delay to allow for further coordination in response to what is expected to be an increase in reports made to the EPA.”

The DTN article added that, “The rule potentially affects nearly 200,000 farms and ranches.”

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