Coalition Sues Environmental Protection Agency For Abandoning Critical Factory Farming Rule

EPA unlawfully scrapped critical proposal to collect basic information about Factory Farms necessary to protect nation’s waterways

August 28, 2013

A lawsuit filed by a coalition of community, animal welfare, and environmental organizations against the Environmental Protection Agency challenges the agency’s withdrawal of a proposed rule that would have allowed EPA to collect basic information, like locations and animal population sizes, from factory farms.  Reasonable information collection by the agency would have allowed it to create the first ever national database of factory farms and strengthened EPA’s ability to protect waterways from this industry, which is one of the country’s largest sources of water pollution.

Environmental Integrity Project, The Center for Food Safety, Food & Water Watch, The Humane Society of the United States, and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement claim that the agency’s withdrawal of the proposed rule lacks the rational basis required by law.

For the press release, click here.

For the complaint, click here.