U.S. Poultry & Egg Association said it has developed documents to assist poultry and egg producers in making a good faith estimate of air emissions for new federal reporting requirements on the release of hazardous substances from farm animal waste.
All farms must begin reporting the releases on Nov. 15, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which has released its own guidance documents outlining reporting obligations for animal agriculture under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).
USPOULTRY said its documents outline steps for notifying the National Response Commission, and for the submission of the initial and 12-month follow-up reports to the appropriate regional EPA office.
The group noted that EPA has filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia requesting an extension of the current stay of the mandate to submit reports notifying first responders of the release of low levels of ammonia from poultry and egg farms. The agency’s motion for further stay requests an additional two months, or until Jan. 17, 2018, whichever is later.
USPOULTRY and the National Pork Producers Council are in the process of filing briefs that support EPA’s motion for further stay of the mandate. The appeals court’s current stay expires on Nov. 15.
USPOULTRY’s reporting guidance documents can be located on the group’s website under the Regulatory Programs Support and Assistance menu.