Waste from thousands of animals housed in a single place can cause quite a stink —and harm the health of people nearby. The toxic air pollution from factory farms includes substances linked to asthma attacks, respiratory illness and even death. Fortunately for surrounding communities, the law requires that large factory farms report their toxic emissions to the public, for now.
The Trump Administration and its allies in Congress are attempting to gut these commonsense pollution laws and rewrite the rules so that industrial livestock operations—known as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or “CAFOs”— can emit toxic air pollution without reporting what, or how much of it, is in the air.
Tell your Senators to protect the right of rural communities to know what is in their air by upholding these crucial clean air and transparency standards.
Congress long ago made clear that communities deserve to know what toxic substances are being released in their midst, no matter who emits them. However, a reporting exemption made by the EPA in 2008 allowed factory farms to hide their releases. Last April, the D.C. Circuit Court ruled that exemption to be illegal, and upheld the requirement that large factory farms report their emissions.
Despite this win, polluter allies in Congress have introduced a bill—S. 2421, the so-called “Fair Agricultural Reporting Method Act”—which would re-write the law so that CAFOs can keep their emissions secret.
Rural communities deserve to know about polluters in their neighborhoods, just like those in urban areas who live near facilities that have been reporting their emissions under these laws for decades. Urge your senators to protect rural communities from dangerous air pollution and oppose S. 2421.