Factory farms now officially unhindered by pesky environmentalists struggling for ecological decency.

July 26, 2007 at 10:03 pm (environment, injustice, politics, stupidity) (, , , , , , , , )

Factory farmers have struck a deal with the EPA and can no longer be sued by environmental groups for destroying our air, land, and water supply.

The petitioners maintained that animal feeding operations pollute the air, emit terrible odors and attract hordes of flies that leave droppings on everything from cars to furniture.

They argued that the EPA did not follow proper rule-making procedures in crafting an agreements to allow farms to avoid legal punishment and lawsuits for violating air emissions requirements. The agreements requires the farms to pay a civil penalty and give the government permission to monitor the facility for an EPA study of emissions.

Nearly 2,600 animal feeding operations, the majority of them hog farms, have entered into agreement with the EPA.

“The EPA decided to give them blanket amnesty in the form of, ‘You send us a check … and we’ll guarantee that no one will sue you,'” said David Bookbinder, senior attorney for the Sierra Club.

What a load of crap. Literally. Apparently done in the name of “necessity,” too. As the Ethicurean says:

Industry and the EPA argued that the exemption agreement was necessary because no solution to the horrendous odor and other air emissions exists—except perhaps, you know, not keeping thousands of hogs or tens of thousands of chickens in one place.

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