Thursday, May 29, 2014
The state Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) granted an additional 45 days to make its decision on proposed state rules for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in a hearing last week.
The rules spanning 158 pages, originally were proposed by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and reviewed by the Illinois Pollution Control Board (PCB).
Our coalition of ag organizations is sharing concerns about PCB’s proposed rules with members of JCAR,” said Bill Bodine, IFB associate director of state legislation.
IFB and other members of an agriculture coalition have sought state CAFO rules consistent with federal rules. In Illinois, IEPA has authority over the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits required for CAFOs. The agency proposed NPDES permit rules for certain CAFOs in the state.
After JCAR members review the rules, they may state they have no objection, object or make recommendations to the proposed rules.
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Content provided by Kay Shipman, FarmWeek writer.
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