Livestock Air Emissions Reporting Not Required

United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a final rule this week amending the emergency release notification regulations under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. The amendments clarify that reporting of air emissions from animal waste at farms is not required under EPCRA.

The American Sheep Industry Association worked on resolving this issue on behalf of American sheep producers and supports the subsequent changes.

The final rule comes as first responders across the county have repeatedly reminded the agency that community-specific protocols are determined between local responders and animal producers well in advance of emergencies. These strong partnerships provide a platform for resolving issues when they arise without the need for a national one-size-fits-all approach.

"This final rule provides clarity and certainty to the regulated community that animal waste emissions from farms do not need to be reported under EPCRA," said Wheeler. "This action eliminates an onerous reporting requirement and allows emergency responders and farmers to focus on protecting the public and feeding the nation, not routine animal waste emissions."

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Source: EPA