CORRECTION: CAFO LAWSUITS VS. EPA CONSOLIDATED
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Pork Producers Council and American Farm Bureau Federation's lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency's final permit for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) has been consolidated with seven other suits and designated as the lead case.
According to the Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators, seven lawsuits in seven different appellate courts had been filed over the matter.
But on Jan. 16, the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation consolidated the cases into the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and designated the National Pork Producers Council and American Farm Bureau Federation v. EPA as the lead.
"Our producers are thankful that AFBF has joined in this lawsuit," said Keith Gray, director of the National Affairs Department of the Alabama Farmers Federation. "Alabama has more than 500 producers who would be negatively impacted under these regulations, and we don't feel that the final regulations proposed by EPA are fair to our producers."