Challenging the EPA’s Authority to Exempt Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations from EPCRA’s Pollution Reporting Requirements

Catherine Swett 

The residents of Arlington and Tonopah, Arizona have some very smelly neighbors—the millions of chickens at Hickman’s Egg Ranch (“Hickman’s”). But an unpleasant odor is just one of the many environmental issues created by the concentrated animal feeding operation (“CAFO”). These two small towns, located just west of Phoenix, also deal with excessive dust, flies, and hazardous chemical emissions. Some residents even complain of nausea and breathing difficulty due to the ammonia released from the decomposing manure in the chicken houses.

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