Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, accompanied by U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, signed a proposed rule this week that would, if finalized, exempt livestock operations from reporting manure emissions under the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA). EPCRA was intended to help first responders and other emergency personnel identify locations where hazardous substances were stored to prevent injury during a response. The proposed rule follows Congress’ passage of the FARM Act earlier this year, which was spearheaded by NCBA to exempt livestock producers from reporting emissions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act.
KLA Vice President of Legal and Governmental Affairs Aaron Popelka was on hand for the signing held at the EPA Region 7 Lab in Kansas City, KS. He expressed to Wheeler KLA’s appreciation for EPA proposing a rule to exempt livestock operations from EPCRA. Popelka explained the law was never designed to regulate diffuse emissions from livestock manure, nor is that information helpful to local first responders.
“Reporting requirements would pose an unnecessary administrative burden on producers,” he said. “An exemption is simply common sense.”
KLA and NCBA will submit comments during the upcoming comment period in support of the proposal. It is expected that environmental groups will oppose the rule.