The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a Consent Agreement to study air emissions from pork, dairy, egg and poultry operations.      

             The final notice was published in the Federal Register on Jan. 31. This now means you have until April 30, 2005 to sign-up for the study or lose out on the legal protection the agreement provides. There will be no deadline extension.

             The National Pork Producers Council is partnering with various state pork producer organizations to provide a series of informational seminars for pork producers to learn more about this important issue.

             Here’s a list of the scheduled meetings:

* Thursday, Feb. 10
North Carolina State University Club (Hillsborough Street)
4200 Hilsborough Street
Raleigh, NC

* Friday, Feb. 11
Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites
8787 Keystone Crossing (US 465 & N. Keystone)
Indianapolis, IN
Tel: 317-846-2700

* Tuesday, Feb. 15
Hilton Garden Inn
8600 Northpark Drive. Located just north off the I-80 and 86th St. exit
Urbandale, IA
Tel: 515-270-8890

* Wednesday, Feb. 16
Best Western (Previously Garden Inn)
1111 Range Street (Hwy 169 and Webster Ave. Exit)
North Mankato, MN
Tel: 507-625-9333

* Thursday, Feb. 17
Hilton Kansas City Airport
8801 NW 112th St. (off Interstate 29 and NW 112th) just south of the airport
Kansas City, MO 64153
Tel: 816-891-8900