Allan Gerlat, News Editor

October 20, 2011

1 Min Read
Senate Bill Would Exempt Some Animal Waste from Superfund

A new Senate bill would exempt certain animal waste from Superfund regulation.

The proposed legislation would exempt manure, poultry litter and their nutrient components from liability and regulation by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency under Superfund laws. Introduced by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), S. 1729 would also eliminate any reporting requirements under Superfund by livestock and poultry producers for manure emissions.

The senators said in a news release that the proposed legislation “would prevent the Obama Administration from imposing yet another needless and burdensome regulation on America’s food producers.”

In a letter to their colleagues the senators said, “Farmers and ranchers across the country continue to face increasing regulatory uncertainty, stemming from potential and proposed rules from the (EPA).

“We must make it clear to EPA and the courts that these producers were never intended by Congress to be liable under (Superfund) reporting laws.”


About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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