EPA Releases Guidance on Air Emissions

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Environment, Industry News Release

guidanceThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released guidance to help farmers report the release of hazardous air emissions from animal waste at their farms.

Pork Business Dot Com says the EPA made the information available to aid farmers in preparing for the reporting deadline, which is November 15.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says his agency is working on addressing the undue regulatory burden on American farmers. “While we examine our options regarding reporting requirements for emissions from animal waste,” Pruitt says, “the guidance is intended to help farmers with current requirements.”

It was back on April 11 that the D.C. Circuit Court vacated the rule that gave farmers exemptions from reporting air releases of hazardous materials from animal waste. Unless the Court allows further delays, all farms that have hazardous releases into the air from animal waste equal to, or greater than, the minimum reportable quantities of those materials in the same 24-hour period, must report those releases.

The EPA guidance information, available on its website, includes resources to help farmers calculate emissions from each species of livestock.

From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.

For your convenience, we are including the news release from EPA which includes the link to the requirements CERCLA and EPCRA Reporting Requirements for Air Releases of Hazardous Substances from Animal Waste at Farms.

EPA Releases Guidance on Reporting Air Emissions of Hazardous Substances from Animal Waste at Farms

EPA is releasing guidance to assist farmers in reporting air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste at farms.  EPA is making this information available to provide time for farmers to review and prepare for the reporting deadline, currently set for November 15, 2017

“EPA is working diligently to address undue regulatory burden on American farmers,” said Administrator Scott Pruitt. “While we continue to examine our options for reporting requirements for emissions from animal waste, EPA’s guidance is designed to help farmers comply with the current requirements.”

On December 18, 2008, EPA published a final rule that exempted farms from reporting air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste.  On April 11, 2017, the DC Circuit Court vacated this final rule.  In response to a request from EPA, the DC Circuit Court extended the date by which farms must begin reporting these releases to November 15, 2017.  Unless the court further delays this date, all farms (including those previously exempted) that have releases of hazardous substances to air from animal wastes equal to or greater than the reportable quantities for those hazardous substances within any 24-hour period must provide notification of such releases.

The EPA guidance information includes links to resources that farmers can use to calculate emissions tailored to specific species of livestock.  To view EPA’s guidance and Frequently Asked Questions on reporting air emissions from animal waste:

EPA will revise this guidance, as necessary, to reflect additional information to assist farm owners and operators to meet reporting obligations.  Interested parties may submit comments or suggestions by November 24, 2017.