October 10, 2009

A coalition of activist groups led by the Humane Society of the U.S., The Waterkeepers Alliance, and Friends of the Earth filed a petition Sept. 21 to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. The petition asks Jackson to add Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) to the list of stationary sources that produce air pollution.

The EPA Administrator is required to keep such a list under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act. The petition can be viewed here

The petition charges that CAFOs emit air pollutants, specifically:

  • Greenhouse gases that cause or contribute to climate change;
  • Hydrogen sulfide that causes or contributes to hydrogen sulfide exposure localized odors, acid rain and hazeAmmonia that causes or contributes to odors, ecosystem acidification and eutrophication and haze;
  • Particulate matter and small particulates that cause or contribute to particle pollution, acid rain and haze, and
  • Certain volatile organic compounds that cause or contribute to localized odors, ground-level ozone and haze.

-- National Meat Association “Lean Trimmings”