US EPA to Consider Whether to Toughen Regulation of Pollution from Animal Agriculture

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed that it will study whether to toughen regulation of large livestock farms that release manure and other pollutants into waterways. The EPA has not updated its rules regarding pollution from large livestock operations since 2008, but a recent lawsuit filed by Food & Water Watch (FWW) prompted the EPA’s decision to conduct the study. Tarah Heinzen, legal director for FWW, said: “For decades EPA’s lax rules have allowed for devastating and widespread public health and environmental impacts on vulnerable communities across the country.”