The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finished its approvals on all of the air consent agreements signed by nearly 2,600 animal feeding operations.
The agreements, which cover more than 1,800 swine operations, will protect producers from EPA enforcement actions for past air emissions violations, as well as for violations that might occur over the next four years. During that time, EPA will work with producers to quantify and analyze livestock air emissions and develop sound air emissions compliance standards and guidelines and enforcement policies.
Key to the agreements is the EPA-approved monitoring and research study conducted by independent researchers. EPA will gather data during the study, which is set to begin this fall, to write reasonable, science-based air emissions regulations.