EPA Exempts Manure Air Emissions Reporting Under EPCRA
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final rule that states air emissions from manure are not reportable under the Emergency Planning and Community-Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA).
The publication of the final rule codifies EPA’s earlier interpretation.
“We are pleased with the outcome of EPA’s painstaking efforts,” says Jim Mulhern, National Milk Producer Federation president and CEO.
EPA’s assessment that manure emissions were not reportable was based on its conclusion that such emissions are the result of “routine agricultural operations” which are exempt from EPCRA reporting.
Mulhern says EPA’s final rule on EPCRA is consistent with Congressional action exempting manure air emissions from reporting requirements under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. He also says the emergency response community has stated it doesn’t need these reports.
Still, this might not be the end of it. It’s anticipated environmental activists will challenge the final rule on EPCRA in court.