The Environmental Protection Agency and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation have announced the details of a new agreement to declare a new national concentrated animal feeding operation rule that addresses pollution discharges from livestock and poultry farms. The agreement arises from the 2010 settlement of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's lawsuit.
The U.S. poultry industry released a statement in support of the agreement. "The National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association support EPA's collection of more data to verify the efficacy of the current regulatory program rather than developing further regulations that are not needed," said the statement. "This will help to assure that no false assumptions are made about the potential contribution of livestock and production to pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.
"The poultry industry recognizes that there are indeed challenges within this and other watersheds to reduce the level of nutrients in surface waters. All of animal agriculture has been working together to minimize its impact on these watersheds. By EPA's own admission, the agricultural industry has made tremendous progress in reducing potential runoff and improving the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and other watersheds throughout the country.
"Everyone should have a vested interest in preserving watersheds across the country," said the statement. "The poultry industry is doing its part, and we're making progress. Individuals and their families who raise and process chickens on the land in these watersheds all swim in the same rivers, eat seafood out of the same bodies of water and enjoy the same waterways as do others. They want to preserve that as much as anyone."