Farmers invited to shape future EPA farm regulations

Nov 20, 2023

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revisiting its approach to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), specifically regarding the reporting obligations placed upon farms. This initiative has been met with approval from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). 

AFBF President Zippy Duvall commended the EPA for actively seeking feedback from the farming community before finalizing any new rules. He highlighted that while the original intent of EPCRA was to manage hazardous chemical emissions, its application should not unduly burden the agricultural sector with unnecessary red tape. 

This proactive step by the EPA to consult with farmers signals a more collaborative approach to policy formulation. Administrator Regan's willingness to listen to the concerns of farmers and ranchers is a refreshing change that could lead to more balanced and practical regulatory outcomes. 

The focus of the current discussion is on how farms report their livestock-related activities, particularly in the context of hazardous emissions. The objective is to make this reporting more efficient while ensuring that local emergency services are kept well-informed. 

The AFBF is gearing up to provide comprehensive feedback, reflecting the potential impacts of these regulations on farming practices and livelihoods. This collaborative process underscores the EPA's dedication to understanding the agricultural industry's needs and challenges.

Source : wisconsinagconnection
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