"EPA Sued for Scrapping Livestock Data Collection"

"DES MOINES, Iowa -- Environmental and animal welfare groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday, alleging the federal agency unlawfully scrapped a rule that would have authorized it to collect information from large-scale livestock confinement farms."

"The Center for Food Safety, Environmental Integrity Project, Food & Water Watch, The Humane Society and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement said the rule, which was dropped by the EPA in July 2012, would have provided details on the number of animals on each farm, the waste management practices used and the location of facilities.

The groups said gathering such information is critical to the EPA's enforcement of the Clean Water Act."

David Pitt reports for the Associated Press August 28, 2013.

Source: AP, 08/29/2013