H.R. 4241, which clarifies that manure should not be regulated under Superfund laws, was discharged from the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

In response, Farmers for Clean Air and Water said, "This is good news for the nation's farmers and ranchers. HR4341 -- clarifying that natural manure doesn't fall under the severe liability provisions of the Superfund laws intended to clean up industrial, mostly abandoned toxic waste sites -- has successfully moved beyond the committee stage in the U.S. House of Representatives."

The bill now goes to the House for consideration. It isn't known whether the House will consider the bill before Congress adjourns this year. There are currently 190 cosponsors of the legislation.
-- P. Scott Shearer, Washington, D.C., correspondent