Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is proposing manure management limits from large pork operations. He hopes to gain support from environmental groups with this proposal.

Sen. Edwards, D-N.C., wants to reduce air and water pollution from confinement feeding operations, which the bill defines as confinements of 1,000 animals or more.

Specifics of the bill include higher standards for livestock manure disposal, prohibiting federal funding to help build or expand large-scale pork operations, and establishing limits for hydrogen sulfide and ammonia. In addition, it would include stiff penalties for violators.

In a related note, Edwards has faced criticism in Iowa for voting against a provision in the 2002 farm bill that would have banned packer ownership of livestock.

Des Moines Register