The U.S. EPA has proposed a “better approach” to making factory farms report their levels of air-polluting emissions — don’t make ‘em report them at all! Under a proposal put forth today, commercial livestock operations would not have to report hazardous chemical pollution if the source was animal waste. The rule change, which would exempt Big Ag from three separate laws, would “reduce the burden on the regulated community of complying with … reporting requirements,” says the EPA. Oh, the poor burdened agriculture industry! “Residents have a right to know when these factory farms spew health-threatening air pollution in their area,” says Ed Hopkins of the Sierra Club. “EPA should seriously reconsider its proposal and perhaps give some thought to the purpose of these laws, which is to protect public health, not corporate interests.”
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