Late Wednesday, the National Pork Producers Council issued a statement in response to HSUS’s plans to file lawsuits against pork producers in three states over ammonia emissions that it contends should be reported to state and local emergency response agencies.
“[The Environmental Protection Agency] EPA is still evaluating air emissions data gathered from livestock and poultry operations to develop a better understanding of emissions rates, which vary considerably from farm to farm.
This will allow the agency to better apply environmental laws to these complex biological systems,” NPPC said.
“It is important to point out that HSUS is not alleging environmental harm but rather paperwork violations of EPA’s emissions reporting rule.
Additionally, it is worth noting that when the reporting rule went into effect in 2009 there was widespread confusion about it ….”
NPPC went on to call HSUS’s announcement a “scare tactic” aimed at undermining NPPC’s opposition to HSUS-backed proposed legislation.
The statement concluded, “In addition to not telling the truth about how hog farmers raise and care for their animals, HSUS now is lying about hog farmers' stewardship of the environment, which is exemplary.
We also wonder why a so-called animal welfare group is sticking its nose in environmental issues.”
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