Comment period extended on proposal for large animal feeding operations

On March 26, 2001, EPA Administrator Christie Whitman announced an extension of the public comment period on a proposal to reduce water pollution from large animal feedlot operations.

March 30, 2001—On March 26, 2001, EPA Administrator Christie Whitman announced an extension of the public comment period on a proposal to reduce water pollution from large animal feedlot operations.

The 75-day extended comment period will allow the public to comment through July 30. EPA proposed new water pollution permitting controls in January that would apply to large concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), typically defined as having 1,000 cattle or comparable "animal units"of other livestock.

Throughout March, EPA held eight public meetings across the country to provide additional information and encourage public comment on the proposal. EPA is providing the additional public comment opportunity based on comments received at these meetings asking for more time to study and comment on the proposed Clean Water Act permitting requirements and CAFO definitions.

For more information, visit EPA's web site at http://www.epa.gov/owm/afo.htm on the Internet.

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