Air quality
November 14, 2017, Washington, DC – With a Nov. 15 deadline looming, the National Pork Producers Council and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association recently filed a brief in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s motion to delay a mandate that farmers report certain air emissions from manure on…
October 27, 2017, Washington, DC – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released guidance to assist farmers in reporting air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste at farms. The EPA is making this information available to provide time for farmers to review and prepare for the reporting deadline,…
October 2, 2017 – Global methane emissions from agriculture are larger than estimated due to the previous use of out-of-date data on carbon emissions generated by livestock, according to a study published in the open access journal Carbon Balance and Management. In a project sponsored by the U.S. National Aeronautics…
August 12, 2016, Ontario, OH – The Ontario planning commission recently voted 4-0 to recommend that city council tweak its noxious odors ordinance, making it potentially a third-degree misdemeanor for farmers to fail to fix issues with strong manure smells from animals. Under the proposed language council will consider, either…
June 24, 2016, Tarboro, NC – A North Carolina Federal Court ruled that an air pollution lawsuit involving a pig farm can proceed. The lawsuit against the Hanor Company of Wisconsin was brought by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) plus Sound Rivers, Inc. and involves the farm’s…
January 19, 2015 – In order to clean the air of pollutants, biotechnology expert Raul Pineda Olmedo, from the National University of Mexico (UNAM), designed a biofilter that uses microorganisms living in the shell of the peanut. The research from the department of Environmental Technology noted that microorganisms grow naturally…
September 1, 2015 – The recent outbreak of avian influenza, a highly contagious viral disease that has infected about 48 million birds in the United States, resulted in a significant loss to the poultry industry. The initial response by the poultry industry to prevent widespread avian influenza was to more…
September 1, 2015, Washburn, WI — The Large Scale Livestock Study Committee listened to a presentation from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Dr. Robert Thiboldeaux during its recent meeting. Thiboldeaux is the senior toxicologist of Wisconsin Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health. His presentation was called Air Quality…
July 25, 2014, Ames, IA — The latest technology designed to reduce the odor from hog manure will be the focus of a conference next month at Iowa State University. The Biofilter Conference on August 20 is held for producers and managers of animal feeding operations and others interested in…
The National Air Quality Site Assessment Tool (NAQSAT) is an online program originally developed to help livestock farmers evaluate the air emissions from their farms and determine the greatest opportunity for reducing those emissions. Air emissions are a local, regional and global concern. Rural residents and state and federal regulatory…
June 30, 2014 – The U.S. EPA’s nine-year effort to document air pollution at livestock operations is likely still many years from completion and unlikely to be as useful as industry and environmental groups had hoped. Still incomplete is what the EPA promised to do under a 2005 deal cut…
May 26, 2014, Washington, DC – Three cabinet-level officials are assuring Republican senators that the Obama administration has no plans to regulate methane emissions from the agricultural sector or livestock. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.)…
My youngest child is obsessed with video and computer games, as many nine-year-old boys are. Hockey, FIFA soccer, Harry Potter, Mario kart, Sims – he plays them all.One computer game that he seems to be particularly enamored of at the moment is Minecraft. I was relieved when I learned it…
May 13, 2013, Yakima, WA — A group of Yakima Valley residents is seeking to limit when dairy operators can spray manure onto fields, a common practice in the dairy industry. A Kennewick attorney representing the residents wants the Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency to prohibit the practice during high…
May 8, 2013, Davis, CA – An agricultural air quality conference jointly sponsored by University of California ­– Davis and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District will be held June 27-28 at the UC Davis conference center. The conference’s major focus will be on discussing a “risk-based” strategy…
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