EPA Air Quality Compliance Agreement - You Need to Decide

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USU Dairy Extension Newsletter





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The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) are two laws that have been applied to the livestock industry. Even though they were originally intended for the manufacturing sector, they are now being applied to agriculture. There is a lot of contention regarding implementation of these acts, but the major thrust is that they mean you can be fined for FAILURE TO REPORT emissions release from your dairy. In return for you paying a penalty, EPA will release you from being fined for any previous emissions of ammonia over 100 lbs per day. The money will be used to study emissions release from dairies so that proper guidelines can be developed. If EPA chooses to enforce these acts, the fine is $32,500 per day for present and past violations plus the risk of a lawsuit from a 3rd party who believes you should have been reporting.

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