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EPA Pollution Permit for Idaho CAFOs Tossed by Ninth Circuit

Sept. 16, 2021, 7:03 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency’s pollution permit for Idaho concentrated animal feeding operations lacked sufficient monitoring requirements and must be vacated, the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday in a win for environmental groups.

The permit banned underground releases of pollutants from production areas and it banned dry-weather releases from land application areas. However, it failed to include monitoring requirements for either kind of release, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Food & Water Watch Inc. and Snake River Waterkeeper Inc. argued the permit relied on self-reporting, which made it impossible for regulators and citizens to hold facilities ...

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