A panel of Ninth Circuit judges repeatedly asked the Environmental Protection Agency Thursday why it couldn’t tighten pollution monitoring requirements in its permit for concentrated animal feeding operations in Idaho, citing the large amount of pollution going into federal waters.
“It can’t hurt to do it,” Judge Frederic Block, sitting by designation from the Eastern District of New York, said during virtually held oral arguments.
“It can only be a benefit to the environment,” Block said.
Justice Department attorney Benjamin Grillot responded that the increased monitoring sought by conservation groups wouldn’t indicate much.
“At stake here is whether the monitoring ...