5th Circuit Rebuffs EPA CAFO Rule

News Date: 03/22/2011

In a major win for livestock organizations, the Fifth Circuit ruled last week that concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are not required to obtain Clean Water Act (CWA) permits unless and until the facility actually discharges manure into a water of the U.S.  The court overturned a 2008 EPA rule that required CAFOs that discharge or "propose to discharge" to apply for CWA permits.  The case against EPA was brought by the National Pork Producers Council, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the United Egg Producers, and a number of other agricultural organizations.  For more information, click here. (Contact: Nathan Bowen)