The National Chicken Council and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association have released a statement approving of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to repeal a regulation imposed on poultry farms by the Environmental Protection Agency that requires poultry farmers to apply for a discharge permit.
“America’s poultry farmers are good stewards of the land,” The NCC and USPOULTRY said, calling the decision a victory for common sense. “The EPA’s requirement that farms had to apply for a discharge permit, even though no discharge occurs, was an onerous and unnecessary bureaucratic invention." According to the organizations, broiler chicken farms keep animals indoors on dry litter systems and do not discharge waste, and they argued that the EPA had no authority to impose a duty to get a permit unless there is an actual discharge.