EPA Regulations

EPA seeks improvements in Iowa CAFO permitting

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) initial findings from an informal investigation of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ (IDNR) permit program for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) disclose several correctable deficiencies. FULL STORY »

EPA considering grain sorghum as advanced biofuel

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agrees that fuels produced by grain sorghum fit under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program. FULL STORY »

NPPC responds to HSUS emissions allegations

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is reviewing allegations made by Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) on Wednesday regarding pork production companies and “unreported” ammonia emissions, and released a statement. FULL STORY »

HSUS to sue six pork production companies

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reports that it intends to sue a range of pork production companies, citing “unreported releases of hazardous pollutant ammonia” as the impetus for the legal action. However, peppered within its own news release are multiple references to gestation-sow stalls, adding a new dimension to its tactics against the housing system. FULL STORY »

EPA registers Syngenta’s refuge-in-a-bag corn seed

Syngenta announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted registration approval for two refuge-in-a-bag trait stacks, which will be available for the 2013 planting season. FULL STORY »

Manure part of the CERCLA discussion

Manure as a “hazardous material” reenters the political conversation periodically, and last week once again had a House committee listening to arguments. FULL STORY »

Ranchers, farmers seeking solutions to U.S. water worries

Across the globe, water consumption has tripled in the last 50 years, and at least 36 U.S. states are anticipating some water shortages by 2013, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). FULL STORY »

Court ruling to shift greenhouse gas fight back to Congress

An appeals court decision to uphold proposed federal greenhouse gas rules may shift the fight over regulating the heat-trapping emissions back to Congress, where lawmakers may step up efforts to diminish the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) power or renew efforts to set a price on carbon. FULL STORY »

Pork industry comments on EPA emissions document

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting comments on its Draft Document Related to the Development of Emissions Estimating Methodologies (EEM) for Lagoons and Basins for Swine and Dairy Feeding Operations. FULL STORY »

House rejects expanding reach of Clean Water Act

In what has been described as a win for agricultural interests and rural landowners, the House of Representatives last week refused to include an amendment to the House Energy and Water Appropriations bill that would have allowed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expand the Clean Water Act enforcement onto private lands not connected to “navigable” water. FULL STORY »

Chesapeake Bay watershed CREP change

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania recently finalized changes to the provisions of the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) that will increase the acreage ceiling by nearly 20,000 acres and make all Pennsylvania CREP practices eligible for sign-up in Chesapeake Bay watershed counties. FULL STORY »

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