--%> Federal Court Orders Factory Farms to Report Pollution
News

Federal Court Orders Factory Farms to Report Pollution

A Washington DC judge acknowledged that factory-farm emissions pose a danger to the environment and cause serious illness in people.

Last week, the D.C. District Court of Appeals reversed a 2008 rule set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that excluded factory farms from reporting toxic emissions derived from animal waste. The new ruling mandates Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) to report ammonia and hydrogen sulfide emissions—toxic fumes that endanger the health of communities surrounding CAFOs. “We have no doubt that a desire for efficiency motivated some of the exceptions Congress provided,” Judge Stephen Williams wrote in the ruling, “but those concerns don't give the agency carte blanche to ignore the statute whenever it decides the reporting requirements aren't worth the trouble.” In a January report, water conservation agency International Joint Commission (IJC) found that CAFOs were decimating the Great Lakes region causing water toxicity levels in the waterways to rise dramatically. In the same month, an Iowa dairy factory farm was fined $160,000 for violating the Clean Water Act twelves times by dumping untreated waste from 10,000 cows into the Big Sioux River. In 2015, two Iowa repairmen (a father and his son) were killed after being engulfed by noxious fumes on a pig factory farm—only 22 days after the death of another father and son on a Wisconsin CAFO. The court’s decision, according to Judge Williams, was in part due to the serious, sometimes fatal, illnesses that people are exposed to on and around factory farms.

More News

Slovakia to Ban Wild Animal Circuses

A new amendment will protect wild species from performing "atypical behavior not present in nature."
Read More »

NYC Café Creates Vegan Rainbow Hangover Latte

The Good Sort's tri-color, spirulina-infused latte absorbs alcohol without harming animals.
Read More »

Vegan Vending Machines Roll Out in San Francisco

Plant-based brand leCupboard plans to install interactive ordering machines in high traffic areas to help people fight disease with food.
Read More »

Vegan Event Raises $1 Million for Inner City Arts

Guests at Russell Simmons' "Art for Life" event dined on vegan chicken bites and waffles while raising funds to benefit arts programs for children.
Read More »

Grubhub Names Vegan Food as Hottest Delivery Trend

The delivery platform reveals nationwide customers are increasingly ordering tofu wings, vegan quesadillas, and calzones.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »