Groups Urge Congress to Require EPA to Regulate Climate Pollution from Factory Farms

Lawmakers can end loopholes that inhibit factory farm pollution regulations

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In a letter sent to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders, a coalition of groups are urging Congress to include the mandatory reporting and regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from factory farms and manure management in the FY 2022 Appropriation for the Environmental Protection Agency.

The letter was organized in collaboration by food, farm and environmental groups: Campaign for Family Farms and the Environment, Food & Water Watch, Friends of the Earth, Indigenous Environmental Network, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and the National Family Farm Coalition.

The letter notes that while EPA has the authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate air emissions from factory farms, the routine inclusion of appropriations riders prevents the agency from utilizing funds to implement much-needed regulations.