Reps. Ralph Hall (R-TX) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced H.R. 4341 last month, which would remove manure from a classification of toxic substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, or Superfund. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure farms, ranches and other properties that apply manure will not become Superfund sites.
Blunt said, “Some attorneys are trying to rewrite scientific terms, like organic nutrients, calling it hazardous waste in an effort to milk millions out of the nation's ag economy. The intent of Congress, clearly was not to place organic nutrients in the same category as heavy metals and nuclear waste.”