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AMI Exchanges Views With EPA on CAFO Rule

Wednesday, February 28, 2001

AMI last week exchanged views with EPA on the agency’s controversial proposed rule regulating concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO). The agency held the first of a series of nationwide meetings in Washington, DC, and drew key representatives from agriculture and state and local pollution control agencies. AMI outlined a range of concerns to EPA, and then met the following day with senior agency water officials to discuss the measure in greater detail. The rule would tighten current regulations on large animal feedlots and extend coverage to smaller operations nationwide. Additionally, through a new "co-permitting" system, the proposal dramatically changes the regulatory horizon for processors who do not own animal feeding operations but have what EPA considers to be “substantial operational control” over activities at producer sites. AMI’s Environmental Committee is developing the industry’s response to the proposed rule, as the deadline for public comment is May 2001.
Meanwhile, AMI urges members to attend any of the eight public meetings EPA has scheduled during March. Baltimore, MD, and Ames, IA, will host the first sessions over the next week. For more specific information on the meetings and the rule, visit EPA’s updated Office of Water CAFO web site at http://www.epa.gov/owm/afos/rule.htm.


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