Just a few weeks ago, a federal court ruled that manure from factory farms and other agricultural operations must be treated and regulated as solid waste, and that factory farmers can be held liable for pollution from their facilities.
Now, a coalition of environmental, animal rights, and citizen action groups has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, claiming it has failed to address serious air pollution problems created by factory farms and other large-scale agricultural operations.
The Huffington Post reports:
The lawsuits, filed in federal court in the District of Columbia, say the EPA has not responded to petitions filed in 2009 and 2011 by the Environmental Integrity Project and the Humane Society of the United States. Those petitions asked the agency to categorize large-scale livestock farms as sources of pollution under the Clean Air Act, set air quality standards for new and existing facilities and set health-based standards for ammonia. …… [A]mmonia, hydrogen sulfide and other manure-generated contaminants in livestock-heavy states such as Iowa and North Carolina—the nation’s top two pork producers—make people sick.
It’s wonderful to see the serious environmental repercussions of factory farming finally brought to light, but consumers hold the greatest power to take a stand against environmental degradation and animal cruelty by choosing animal-free foods.
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