Get animal factories added to act, regulations


Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 28, 2005 at 9:24 p.m.
The Bush administration's Environmental Protection Agency let the factory farm industry draft its own air pollution rules that would shield them from government lawsuits, enforcement of the Clean Air Act and immunity from federal Superfund and environmental right-to-know laws.
Under EPA's proposal, for a small fee, animal factories can volunteer to monitor their own air pollution, thus poisoning thousands of communities.
Over the last decade, the meat, dairy and egg industries have boomed and consolidated, creating gigantic animal factories where thousands of
chickens, pigs and heifers are densely packed in unspeakable conditions.
Industrial animal facilities generate an estimated 575 billions pounds of manure each year and collect it in vast lagoons of concentrated animal waste.
Animal factory manure wastes also contain dust, molds, bacterial endotoxins and up to 400 separate volatile compounds, many of which are
known irritants, allergens and respiratory hazards.
Scientific studies show that manure lakes emit toxic airborne chemicals that cause headaches, sore throats, excessive coughing, diarrhea, burning eyes, childhood asthma and immediate and long-term respiratory disease.
No wonder talks between EPA and animal factory officials took place in Washington behind closed doors, far from the stench, sickness and misery.
The EPA is accepting comments until Wednesday. Please e-mail to oppose exempting animal factories from the Clean Air Act and Superfund regulations.
Place Docket ID No. OAR-2004-0237 in the subject line and e-mail them at a-and-r-docket@epa.gov
Karen Orr, waters and wetland chair, Florida chapter, Sierra Club, Gainesville

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