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June 10, 2019 - The Hill

EPA exempts farms from reporting pollution tied to animal waste

EPA exempts farms from reporting pollution tied to animal waste
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A new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would lift requirements for major farms to report the pollution they emit through animal waste.

Across many industrial [factory] farms in the U.S., animal waste is collected and stored in open pits often called lagoons. As the manure decomposes it emits ammonia and hydrogen sulfide, which are linked to respiratory issues and other health problems. People who live near farms have long complained of the odor, but they also attribute asthma, headaches, nausea and a stinging sensation in their lungs to farm pollution.

VA: Shown above is a typical waste lagoon, filled with pig manure, taken by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture.

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