Animal feed industry group concerned over new EPA proposal

Environmental Protection Agency proposal would require animal feed facilities to report information to federal government

The Idaho Cattle Association expressed concern over a new Environmental Protection Agency proposal that would some require animal feeding facilities to disclose certain information to the federal government.

According to a prepared statement by the association, section 308 of the Clean Water Act would require concentrated animal feeding operations to provide owner contact information, geographic coordinates of the operation’s location, number and type of livestock, and total land acreage, to be placed in a database accessible through the Environmental Protection Agency’s website. Noncompliant feed facilities would be subject to fines up to $37,500 per day, according to the association.

These requirements would “go far beyond the authority of the EPA, and in doing so, put our nation’s food supply in grave danger,” said Idaho Cattle Association representatives.