Iowa Farmer To Testify on Factory Farms In DC

Tomorrow, Floyd County Supervisor, former Iowa State Representative, and family farmer Mark Kuhn will testify at a United States Senate hearing in Washington, D.C. on the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method Act (FARM).

The bill, S.2421, seeks to exempt animal waste from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs, or factory farms) from penalties and reporting hazardous air emissions requirements under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).

Kuhn will testify for the need to continue air emission reporting requirements from CAFOs under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and reference past failed attempts in Iowa to establish air emission regulations for ammonia, hydrogen sulfide and odor.

“A preponderance of evidence shows that hazardous air emissions from CAFOs can adversely affect neighbors and nearby communities, but Iowa lawmakers refuse to act,” said Kuhn. “That’s why it is so important that federal requirements under EPCRA remain in place.”

Kuhn will also reference the long-term effects of toxic air emissions from CAFOs as told by Floyd County resident Gail Schwartzkopf who lives next to a factory farm.

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, is one of four majority party members on the Superfund, Waster Management, and Regulatory Subcommittee. Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey is the Ranking Member.

The hearing will be conducted at 10:00 am Eastern time on March 8.

Information provided by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. 


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