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EPA wants to grant factory farms exemption from reporting potentially harmful emissions


Added 10-31-18 03:59:02pm EST - “Industry supporters describe potentially toxic emissions as "normal odors" from animal waste.” - Thinkprogress.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thinkprogress.org: “EPA wants to grant factory farms exemption from reporting potentially harmful emissions”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

What factory farm owners portray as “normal odors” from animal waste can cause serious harm to farmers and the residents who live near these large industrial operations.

The Trump administration, like it has with many important health and safety rules, is siding with industry and ignoring how animal waste can have serious impacts on the health of Americans.

Embracing the “normal odor” argument, acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a proposed rule on Tuesday to amend emergency release notification regulations to let industrial agricultural operations off the hook from reporting air emissions from animal waste at their farms.

This is despite the mountain of evidence that shows concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) produce toxic air that can be lethal for farm workers and nearby residents.

“This proposed rule is intended to make it clear to the regulated community that animal waste emissions from farms do not need to be reported under EPCRA,” Wheeler said Tuesday in a statement.

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