More farms participating in EPA clean air program

US - A late surge in a voluntary federal program to monitor air quality on farms should provide enough participation to develop enforceable emission standards, federal regulators said Monday.

More than 2,000 animal feeding operations signed up before the Aug. 12 deadline, Environmental Protection Agency officials said -- nearly double the number of participants enrolled just two weeks ago.

Under the compromise agreement crafted at the request of livestock producers, EPA will spend the next two years monitoring emissions at a sample cluster of no more than 30 hog, poultry, egg and dairy farms, followed by two more years of data review.

Only then will the agency renew efforts to crack down on livestock production emissions such as ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, volatile organic compounds and dust -- the same factory pollutants the EPA now regulates.

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