WASHINGTON (CN) – The Environmental Protection Agency has dropped a proposed requirement that livestock farmers be required to obtain discharge permits for runoff from their feedlots.
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The action follows a 5th Circuit ruling last year that the EPA lacked the authority to require the permits under the Clean Water Act.
Consistent with the court’s ruling, the agency also dropped a voluntary reporting option that would have allowed feedlot operators who had planned to discharge water but did not to do so to avoid permiting by certyifying that they had not in fact done so.
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