January 31, 2013
Every three years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asks for public comment on its National Enforcement and Compliance Initiatives for addressing important environmental problems. EPA selects the initiatives based on (1) the severity of the pollution problem; (2) a determination that noncompliance with an environmental law enforced by EPA is a significant issue; and (3) a determination that federal enforcement can make a difference.
On January 28, EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register asking for public comment on extending the six current national initiatives, selected for the FY2011-2013 time period, as priorities for the FY2014-2016 time period. Public comments are due by February 27, 2012.
Among the current FY2011-2013 initiatives is the prevention of surface and ground water contamination by animal waste discharges from large concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). EPA has posted a summary of inspection and enforcement actions taken to date during the current FY2011-2013 period.
There is evidence that CAFO waste discharges remain a significant water pollution problem. Here are two recent examples:
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