NET: Ask Congress – Oppose Superfund Manure Exemption

November 15th, 2006 6:33 pm by Kelly Garbato

Via National Environmental Trust:

Ask Congress – Oppose Superfund Manure Exemption

Industrial agriculture is pressing Congress for a sweeping exemption from the federal Superfund law. The Senate is poised to act today, attaching this unfair exemption to the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill. The House of Representives may also take up the issue before the end of the year.

Two bills pending in Congress — S. 3681, introduced by Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM) and H.R. 4341, introduced by Congressman Ralph Hall (R-TX) — would allow those responsible for manure mismanagement to escape cleanup responsibilities set out in the federal Superfund.

Both bills declare that manure and manure-associated wastes cannot be treated as a “pollutant or contaminant” or a “hazardous substance” under the federal Superfund law — regardless of how the manure has been managed or how severe its impacts on the environment and public health. Supporters are planning to offer them as an amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations legislation.

This proposed exemption cuts off any opportunity for downstream communities harmed by manure mismanagement to seek redress or remedy under Superfund. It is unjustified, unnecessary and unfair.

Please send a message to your senators and congressmember today and ask them to oppose any riders that would exempt confined animal feeding operations from the Superfund law.

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