03/19/2008 - A leading Democrat yesterday asked the EPA's top official to explain why the agency has proposed to exempt corporate pig and poultry farms from air pollution reporting rules.
House Energy and Commerce Chairman John D. Dingell said the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule appears to run contrary to the findings of one EPA study that warned of human health risks in big industrial agriculture.
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"This raises extremely disturbing questions about whether the agency gave these animal feeding operations immunity from enforcement to allow time for the agency to move forward with a blanket exemption," Dingell said in a letter yesterday to Johnson. In his letter, Dingell cited two studies, including one last month by the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, which called for "greater, not lesser, scrutiny" of such farms.
Read the full article Pollution Exemptions for Farms Questioned on the Philadelphia Inquirer Web site.