21 May '11, 3pm

#Illinois State #EPA Proposes Tightening Rules About Mega-Farms

State regulators have proposed tightening oversight of large livestock facilities, a move environmentalists worry doesn't go far enough while some farmers fear it goes too far. The changes could affect every livestock farmer in Illinois, but aren't likely to have an impact on a controversial proposal for the largest dairy farm in the state, near Galena. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency recently outlined the proposed changes in response to a report by the U.S. EPA, which found that the state wasn't adequately regulating concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. These farms are part of a nationwide movement toward larger, automated operations, where animals - most often pigs - are kept primarily in buildings rather than outdoors. Some CAFOs produce as much waste as small cities and have come under fire for foul odors and water contamination. The U.S. EPA ...

Full article: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_22000.cfm

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EPA Suspends Chemical Reporting Until Strict Changes Finalized

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greenbiz.com 20 May '11, 8pm

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will let companies hold off on reporting some information about ...