The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to require livestock farms to file reports under the Environmental Protection and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA). NPPC alleges that EPA violated the due process rights of farmers by failing to develop an adequate system to accept the reports, making compliance with the law impossible.

NPPC said, “In sticking the agricultural community with this unworkable rule, EPA not only failed to provide any guidance to farmers on compliance with the new regulation or develop an adequate system to handle the volume of reports that would be filed, but it actively engaged in efforts that undermined the ability of farmers to comply with this new, stringent rule.”

Last December, EPA ruled that large livestock farms would be required to file mandatory reports on air emissions by first making phone calls to their state and local emergency response authorities, then by filing a written notification of emissions estimates. Farms that fail to comply will face penalties of $25,000/day.