Reporting on air releases from animal waste delayed

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MINOT, N.D. - Livestock producers now have until May 1 before they must report hazardous substance air releases from animal waste.

The Circuit Court of Appeals has granted the EPA's motion to delay the mandate which was meant to be implemented on Jan. 22.

The law requires producers to report releases that meet or exceed 100 pounds of ammonia or hydrogen sulfide within a 24-hour period.

Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring says this law would add unnecessary stress to farmers.

“Congress said we never meant for this type of rule to be in place to impede and hurt our food producers, our farmers, our ranchers and those are some of the greatest environmentalists that we have on the land,” said Goehring

For more information about this issue, you can visit www.epa.gov/animalwaste