USPOULTRY video assists growers with new emissions reports
Jan. 15, 2018
by MEAT+POULTRY Staff
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Poultry producers will be required to submit ammonia release reports after Jan. 22.
TUCKER, Ga. – Ahead of new emission-reporting requirements, the US Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) announced the availability of an instructional video designed to instruct growers on submission of continuous release reports related to low-level ammonia emissions resulting from chicken manure. On Jan. 22, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia’s stay of the requirement to submit emission reports to the National Response Commission (NRC) will expire, USPOULTRY said. The tutorial video is available at: http://www.uspoultry.org/environment/regulatory.cfm
“These reports will be required because the D.C. Court of Appeals, in April of 2017, ruled against EPA’s 2008 rational determination that these low-level emissions do not warrant the submission of release reports that are meant to trigger an immediate response by emergency personnel,” according to USPOULTRY.
In addition to outlining steps for continuous release filing, the video provides details on written notification requirements for the NRC report and 12-month follow-up report to the appropriate Environmental Protection Agency’s regional office. It also provides the history of the development of regulations and is designed to minimize confusion about the requirements in the coming months.
“The need for the video became apparent following a brief early period of reporting from a small number of farms that raise livestock and poultry,” said John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY. “As we feared, a few hundred calls crippled the system, and it hampered the National Response Commission’s ability the focus on calls that may have really required an emergency response. This led EPA and the NRC to modify the published reporting process, which made the procedure even more confusing to our members.”