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Ag Groups Defend EPA in Ninth Circuit

Ag Groups Fight Environmentalists on Attempt to Expand CAFO Permits

From an article in Progressive Farmer by Todd Neeley DTN Environmental Editor

Article Excerpts:

“Agriculture groups defending the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from a lawsuit that tries to force the agency to require more concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) to have permits, said in a new court filing the latest legal challenge is simply rehashing legal points already rejected by other appeals courts.

In February 2024, groups led by Food and Water Watch and the Center for Biological Diversity sued the EPA for rejecting a 2017 petition to tighten regulations on CAFOs, asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to review EPA's rejection of that petition.

In the opening brief, the environmental groups said the agency has the authority to revise its interpretation of the agricultural stormwater exemption, calling the agency's decision to reject the petition wholesale "arbitrary and capricious."’

Link to full article: HERE