Livestock Waste Threatens Clean Water
Join The Pew Charitable Trusts
and nearly 250 organizations nationwide in urging President Obama to protect
our nation's waterways from industrial livestock pollution that contaminates
some of our most prized bodies of water, including the Great Lakes, Chesapeake
Bay, and Mississippi River, as well as other streams, estuaries, and lakes. The president and his administration have repeatedly
recognized the threat of pollution from industrial animal agriculture. Most
recently, the Environmental Protection Agency listed “Preventing
Animal Waste from Contaminating Surface and Ground Waters” as one of its
National Enforcement Initiatives, indicating that there is a need for
increased enforcement to protect this resource.
However, exemptions in EPA’s regulations have allowed almost 60 percent of the largest facilities,
known as concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, to operate without
permits that are required under the Clean Water Act. That is why it is
imperative that the president direct the EPA to strengthen rules for these
Please take action
now! Urge the president to direct the
EPA to revise its national CAFO pollution rules as soon as possible. Our
waterways and the livelihoods that depend on them cannot continue to wait while
polluters slip through loopholes in the current rules.
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