EPA Regulations

Bill would prevent Superfund designation for manure

Sponsors of a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last week want to be crystal clear regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate livestock manure under 1980’s Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, also known as the Superfund Act. Their message to the regulatory agency: Hands off. FULL STORY »

EPAs greenhouse gas analysis criticized by internal investigators

Internal investigators at the Environmental Protection Agency say the agency failed to follow peer-review guidelines when developing a key scientific document that underpins its greenhouse gas regulations. FULL STORY »

NAEMS actions move forward

The National Air Emissions Monitoring Study (NAEMS) study began in 2007, but the momentum toward a conclusion is picking up steam. FULL STORY »

GHG reporting due Sept. 30

Pork production operations that emit more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent gases annually need to file a report with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by Sept. 30. FULL STORY »

Air quality topic of K-State meeting

USDA’s Agricultural Air Quality Task Force (AAQTF) meet will on September 21-22, at Kansas State University. The meeting will be open to the public. FULL STORY »

Webcast offers air-emissions answers, Sept. 16

It’s been four years, but the National Air Emissions Monitoring Study (or NAEMS) has findings to report to the U.S. animal agriculture sector. The effort began in 2007 as a result of a consent agreement between certain animal commodity groups and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. FULL STORY »

EPA must clarify ag regulations

Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) chairman of the U.S. House agriculture committee wants Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to respond to a list of questions related to ag regulatory issues. FULL STORY »

NCGA outlines Clean Water Act concerns

This past week, the National Corn Growers Association submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the draft guidance that identifies which waters are protected under the Clean Water Act. NCGA’s expressed concerns that the new proposal could expand EPA's authority over isolated waters such as ditches and farm ponds. FULL STORY »

AFBF outlines steps to ease regulatory nightmare

Congress must help alleviate the burden of an ever-increasing array of federal environmental regulations on agriculture, according to Arizona Farm Bureau President Kevin Rogers, who testified today before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. FULL STORY »

U.S. House Panel approves bill to study effect of EPA rules

U.S. House Republicans, frustrated with the Environmental Protection Agency, took steps Friday to create a new commission to keep it in line. FULL STORY »

Freedman Farms pleads guilty to CWA violations

Freedman Farms, Inc. and its president, William B. Freedman, pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in New Bern, N.C., to violating the Clean Water Act when they discharged hog waste into a stream that leads to the Waccamaw River, the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced July 7. FULL STORY »

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