Representatives Seek Action On Animal Waste Bill

More than 100 Congressmen have written the House leadership urging the House take action on H.R. 4341, which provides that manure isn't considered a hazardous substance under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) or Superfund.

More than 100 Congressmen have written the House leadership urging the House take action on H.R. 4341, which provides that manure isn't considered a hazardous substance under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) or Superfund. The letter reminded the leadership that manure wasn't intended to be considered as a hazardous wasted when Congress passed CERCLA legislation.

The members wrote, "Recently, a few state and local governments have sued livestock and poultry producers claiming Superfund liability. One Texas case has been settled, but only after 9 of 14 dairies went out of business, with each side paying millions in litigation fees. Unless we act, farmers across America could face vast liabilities under CERCLA and EPCRA -- an outcome not envisioned or intended when Congress enacted these laws."
-- P. Scott Shearer, Washington, D.C., correspondent