National Pork Producers Council Vice President Randy Spronk, a pork producer from Edgerton, Minn., met with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson last week to discuss issues of concern to the U.S. pork industry, according to a NPPC news release.

Among the items discussed were the proposed Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation Reporting Rule related to the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the National Air Emissions Monitoring Study (NAEMS).

The NAEMS study of emissions from livestock and poultry farms was conducted by Purdue University researchers with EPA oversight. EPA intends to hold a series of meetings to explore how the agency will interpret the data and the methodological approach it will utilize as it converts the data into useable emission factors to help producers determine their compliance with federal clean air laws.

EPA’s proposed CAFO Reporting Rule would require large livestock and poultry facilities to submit operational information to EPA. NPPC raised concerns that producers will incur substantial legal liability and that in compiling the information the bio-security of producers' operations may be compromised.

Furthermore, NPPC believes the CAFO Reporting Rule would provide little or no added benefit to improving manure management or protecting water. In a related matter, EPA granted a 30-day extension -- until Jan. 19, 2012 -- to the comment period on the reporting rule. NPPC had requested a 60-day extension to the original Dec. 20 deadline for filing comments.

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Source: NPPC