Legislation has been introduced in the US Congress
which would clarify animal agriculture operations' responsibilities under two
These laws were originally intended to address hazardous and toxic
industrial chemical spills, but the action has the support of poultry and meat
industries. The National Chicken Council
notes that the legislation will
clarify that chicken litter and other types of animal manure are not hazardous
waste under federal law.
Steve Pretanik, NCC director of science and technology said, "Poultry
litter is a natural product that is commonly used as fertilizer for row crops.
Animal agriculture emissions were never intended to be covered by environmental
laws meant for industrial factories."
Additionally National Turkey Federation
President, Joel Brandenberger
added, "Some courts are misinterpreting Congress' original intent, and this bill
makes it clear that these laws do not apply to animal agriculture."
President J. Patrick Boyle stated: "Through a gross distortion of
[these laws], special interests are placing America's farmers and ranchers in
the bullseye by trying to lump their operations in with the 1,300 toxic waste
sites throughout the country."