You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.
EPA withdraws reporting rule
WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew its proposed Clean Water Act Section 308 Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Reporting Rule July 16, according to a National Cattlemen’s Beef Association press release. The rule sparked controversy within the agricultural community due to what was referred to as a serious overreach of EPA’s authority.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s primary concern was the likelihood the proposed rule could put the nation’s food system at risk of increased terrorist attacks. Cattlemen’s association President J.D. Alexander said this move by the EPA is a victory for cattlemen and -women and illustrates the importance of the beef cattle community working together to educate government officials.
“Early on, we called for EPA to pull this rule. It turns out they listened. This really showcases the importance of cattlemen and -women becoming engaged in the regulatory process and making sure their concerns are heard,” said Alexander. “We encourage the agency to redirect its focus to working with states and other partners to attain already publicly available information that would allow them to work toward their goal of improved water quality. This can be done in a way that does not put our food system at increased risk.”
The proposed rule required all cattle operations meeting the regulatory definition of a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation to report a long list of information about their operations to EPA, including latitude and longitude (or street address) of the production area, acres available for land application of manure, type and number of head, and contact information for the owner or authorized representative. EPA stated it would place this information on the agency’s website in an easily searchable database, where the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association feared extremists could access the information with the intent to do harm to cattle operations or the nation’s food system. Any non-compliance with the proposed rule would have been a violation of the Clean Water Act, which would have resulted in fines of up to $37,500 per day.
Alexander said the cattlemen’s association worked with the EPA to convey the privacy concerns on behalf of cattlemen and -women. Alexander said cattlemen speaking directly with EPA officials during its annual convention held in Tennessee this past February made a lot of difference.
“EPA resides in Washington, D.C., and seldom gets the opportunity to hear directly from the providers of food for this country,” Alexander said. “It is paramount that we continue being engaged in the regulatory process. They need to hear from us. We must not take this lightly. This recent announcement by EPA proves that we can make a difference.”
Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!
You must be logged in to post a comment.
Agriculture Today Archives
Bull Classic Dec. 5 (November 25, 2015)
Davidson: Reduce antibiotic use, dispel beef myths (November 25, 2015)
EPA proposes changes to pesticide applicator rules (November 25, 2015)
Farm Bureau responds to beef cancer claims (November 25, 2015)
Hay & Forage Report (November 25, 2015)
Livestock disaster funding available (November 25, 2015)
Livestock Market Reports (November 25, 2015)
Llama competitors shine in state, national shows (November 25, 2015)
Plan to attend grazing lands conference (November 25, 2015)
Plant cool weather veggies (November 25, 2015)
Rancher’s Choice bull sale Dec. 5 (November 25, 2015)
Skills team places sixth (November 25, 2015)
TPWD announces annual trout stocking (November 25, 2015)
All Breed Bull Sale Nov. 21 in Nixon (November 18, 2015)
Clean Water Rule continues to make waves in Congress (November 18, 2015)
Conservation Service: Tips for planting winter pastures (November 18, 2015)
County committee elections begin (November 18, 2015)
Hay & Forage Report (November 18, 2015)
Here’s the beef: Patterson wins FFA national title (November 18, 2015)
Livestock Market Reports (November 18, 2015)
Moczygemba: Angus group CEO (November 18, 2015)
Onion recommendations (November 18, 2015)
A river runs through it: River changes spark border dispute (November 11, 2015)
Cold-sensitive oriental hibiscus (November 11, 2015)
Gov. Abbott: EPA’s Clean Power Plan is ‘power grab’ (November 11, 2015)
Hay & Forage Report (November 11, 2015)
Knowles winner of mule deer hunt package (November 11, 2015)
Letter: A war on Texas: Bureau of Land Management vs. Texas ranchers (November 11, 2015)
Livestock Market Reports (November 11, 2015)
Palo Alto College hosts FFA leadership conference (November 11, 2015)
Rodeo athletes place in Hallettsville contest (November 11, 2015)
‘Old Iron’ club show canceled! (November 11, 2015)
Antique Farm Equipment Demonstration and Field Day, Nov. 14 (November 4, 2015)
Cattlemen’s seminar Nov. 14 in Kosciusko (November 4, 2015)
Hay & Forage Report (November 4, 2015)
Impacts of rural land loss (November 4, 2015)
Livestock Market Reports (November 4, 2015)
Rain can be blessing, curse for farmers (November 4, 2015)
Ranch Rodeo fun in Nixon (November 4, 2015)
Ranching event set for Nov. 11 in Panna Maria (November 4, 2015)
Tips for spraying broccoli, cabbage (November 4, 2015)
Wet winter, spring is good news for hunters (November 4, 2015)
November 2015 Gardening Calendar (November 1, 2015)