Groups Sue to Compel EPA to Respond to Petition for CWA Oversight of Factory Farms

Eleven environmental and food safety groups filed a petition for writ of mandamus in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to compel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to respond to a legal petition urging the agency to strengthen Clean Water Act rules governing factory farms. Petitioners are seeking a court order requiring the EPA to respond to the petition for rulemaking within ninety days.