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New EPA Rule Requires Reporting of Air Emissions

Effective January 20, 2009

Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a final rule requiring large CAFOs (swine facilities with 2,500 or more animals of 55 pounds, or 10,000 head or more animals of less than 55 pounds) to notify state and local emergency response officials about ammonia and hydrogen sulfide emissions from their operations under the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA).

Pork producers whose operations are not currently participating in the EPA Air Consent Agreement should seriously consider initiating this reporting process by making a telephone call to your state emergency response authority and also your local emergency response authority.

The toll free number for the North Carolina Emergency Management Office is 1-800-451-1403.

Additional information may be obtained through the following links. Should you have further questions, please contact Tommy Stevens at 919-781-0361.