EPA to Step Up Enforcement of CWA


This move could have either a beneficial or detrimental effect on the negotiations surrounding the Clean Water restoration Act currently before Congress.

A new Clean Water Action Enforcement Plan unveiled by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson last week in a committee hearing in Washington places emphasis on concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), according to the National Pork Producers Council.

EPA, according to an NPPC briefing, said it will “pursue new strategies aimed to enforce existing rules limiting pollution from concentrated animal feeding operations … CAFOs have become larger and more densely located, placing more stress on waters in proximity to those locations. CAFOs result in a large pollution load to the environment … Where facilities with large numbers of animals are discharging without permits or in violation of their permits, they can cause significant pollution problems of concern to communities.”

NPPC urged pork producers to take steps to manage their manure properly.

Via: Meatingplace

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