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December 14, 2017

EPA: Farms to spend $14.9 million to report manure emissions

U.S. farmers will spend an estimated $14.9 million a year reporting to federal emergency managers that livestock are releasing gas, the Environmental Protection Agency disclosed Monday.  The EPA also projected that the mandate, set to take effect Jan. 22, will apply to approximately 44,900 farms, though producer groups say they’re still sorting out which operations will have to report. “It’s going to be a challenge, to put it lightly,” said Jack Field, executive director of the Washington Cattle Feeders Association. The EPA included the figures in a notice due to be published Tuesday in the Federal Register. The new rule comes after a decade-long battle between the EPA and environmental groups over the scope of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, commonly known as the Superfund law.  Read more

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