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AGRIBUSINESS: Animal and Environmental Welfare Groups Sue EPA

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision last month to withdraw a proposed rule allowing the agency to collect information, including locations and animal population sizes from production facilities, has drawn criticism from some animal welfare and environmental organizations.

The Center for Food Safety, Environmental Integrity Project, Food and Water Watch, the Humane Society of the United States and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement have filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for D.C. arguing the EPA’s decision lacked rational basis required by law.

Attorney Tarah Heinzen said the groups are urging the EPA to fulfill its mission and start to get a better understanding of pollution threatening U.S. waterways.  The Humane Society of the United States Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel for the Animal Protection Litigation Jonathan Lovvorn claimed the animal agriculture industry has benefited from the EPA’s lack of information and opposed efforts to increase its transparency.