Animal Agriculture Research Progress by Karl B. Tolenhoff, Geoffrey S. Becker, Claudia Copeland,

By Karl B. Tolenhoff, Geoffrey S. Becker, Claudia Copeland, Carol Hardy Vincent

This publication offers with the eradication of ailments that pose a possibility to the health and wellbeing of animals, natural world and people. It comprises constructing a secure and healthy nutrition provide and the simplest practices in environmental stewardship, animal well-being and health.

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33 Some environmental groups had urged EPA to address or restrict feedlot air emissions as part of the water quality rule. In the proposed rule and the 2003 final revised rule, EPA generally evaluated air emissions impacts of the rule, but it said that insufficient data exist to fully analyze all possible compounds and the significance of air emissions from feedlot operations. In part because of this lack of information, in 2001 EPA asked the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences for a report evaluating the current scientific knowledge base and approaches for estimating air emissions from AFOs.

4 The traditional image of small farms, located in isolated, rural locales, has given way to very large farming operations, some on the scale of industrial activities. Increased facility size and regional concentration of livestock and poultry operations have, in turn, given rise to concerns over the management of animal wastes from these facilities and potential impacts on environmental quality. Agricultural operations often have been treated differently from other types of businesses under numerous federal and state laws.

14 Environmental Advocates and Air Program Administrators Environmental critics argued that the agreement unlawfully exempts AFOs from requirements of the Clean Air Act, CERCLA, and EPCRA. They argued that EPA has no authority to defer a major stationary source’s or a facility’s compliance with these laws, through permit deferrals or requirements. These opponents argued that the broad liabilityshield provided by the agreement is not justified by contending that there is a lack of data. They pointed to research that has been conducted for quite some time by academic and government researchers (including USDA) that has documented emissions and adverse health and environmental effects from AFO emissions.

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