March 2008

Today, MEA joined over seventy environmental and sustainable agriculture organizations in urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to exempt livestock operations from the reporting requirements of the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). MEA signed on to a letter to the EPA, written by the environmental law firm Earthjustice, asserting that the proposed exemption is unlawful and would greatly reduce the ability of local and state regulators to monitor releases of toxic ammonia and hydrogen sulfide gasses from factory farms.

Read MEA’s Press Release on the proposed exemption.

Read the Comment Letter prepared by Earthjustice and signed by more than 70 groups from 27 states.

Advertisements, Garvey McNeil & McGillivray, S.C. and Midwest Environmental Advocates are hosting a free conference on April 5 entitled “The Environmental Impacts of Large Livestock Operations in Wisconsin.” The conference, which will feature a keynote address by Jim Hightower, is designed to bring activists, citizens, and farmers together to learn how factory farms threaten air, water, public health, and sustainable agriculture.

Complete details, including a full conference agenda and a printable conference flyer, are available here.

Welcome to the inaugural post to Wisconsin CAFO Watch. We hope you find this blog useful and informative.