Pork producers who signed an Air Consent Agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have a deadline to meet.
Producers who had an attachment describing a farm(s) housing 25,000 or more hogs weighing 55 lb. or more, or 100,000 hogs weighing under 55 lb., must file a one-time report required under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) within 120 days of executing the agreement with EPA.
EPA has granted a one-time extension through the month of September for producers who may have already missed their 120-day reporting deadline. Failure to meet the deadline may void the legal protection offered by EPA for signing the agreement.
The report must include the language found in section 28(A) of the consent agreement, which can be found on page 9 on the EPA Web site: www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/agreements/caa/cafo-agr-050121.pdf
For more information, contact the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Special Litigation and Projects Division (2248A), Attn: AFO/CAFO certifications, Office of Regulatory Enforcement, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460. Or contact Allen Stokes, director of environment, National Pork Board, at (515) 223-3447 or Astokes@pork.org.