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EPA Proposes EPCRA Amendment to Exempt Animal Waste Emissions

Posted on November 19,2018 by Roger Marks

On November 14, 2018, US EPA proposed a deregulatory action to exempt air emissions from animal waste from the EPCRA chemical release reporting requirements.

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Why Is Reporting Required Under EPCRA?

EPCRA-cows-blog-environmental.jpgThe Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), also referred to as SARA Title III for the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act, of which EPCRA is part, requires facilities that store or handle large volumes of hazardous chemicals to report significant releases to local emergency response authorities.

Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are defined in the Clean Water Act as sites at which more than 1,000 animals (“animal units”) are confined for more than 45 days a year. 

Currently, EPCRA release reporting requirements cover air emissions from animal waste (manure, digestive emissions, and urine) because they can contain harmful constituents like hydrogen sulfide, ammonia, methane, and particulate matter. 

In 2008, EPA exempted large CAFOs from release reporting under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). However, EPCRA reporting requirements remained in place. This would change when the new rule becomes final.

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