LINCOLN, NE (February 13,
2018) - Nebraska Cattlemen applauds Senator Deb Fischer for
introducing Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM). This bill
would waive new federal reporting requirements for air emissions generated
from animal waste.
The law in
question, the Comprehensive Emergency Response, Compensation, and Liability
Act (CERCLA), more commonly known as Superfund, provides for the cleanup of
sites contaminated with hazardous waste. Superfund sites require a
long-term response to deal with serious environmental and health risks
posed by industrial chemical and nuclear toxic waste dumps and oil spills.
these laws were intended to govern farmers and ranchers.
To make this
clear, in 2008, the EPA finalized a rule to clarify that agricultural
operations were exempt from CERCLA reporting requirements. However,
on April 11, 2017, the D.C. Circuit invalidated this exemption.
mandate is delayed until May 1, 2018. Absent congressional relief,
livestock producers will be legally required to report low-level air
emissions from animal waste once the mandate is issued.
Cattlemen greatly appreciates Senator Fischer's help in relieving livestock
producers from this absurd mandate. We take our responsibility to
care for our environment very seriously, ensuring compliance with numerous
state and federal regulations. Ranches are spread over many acres,
and most feedlots are open-air systems that do not concentrate
emissions. Regulating the livestock industry in the same manner as
toxic waste dumps defies common sense and provides ZERO public health
benefit," said Galen Frenzen, President of Nebraska Cattlemen.
There is also
significant concern from federal regulators that these reports will
overburden the National Response Center and waste federal, state, and local
resources designated for true emergencies.
Cattlemen looks forward to working with Senator Fischer on swift
congressional action on Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM)