Missouri Dairy Business Update  
Volume 5, Number 6
June 2005

EPA AFO Air Compliance Deadline extended to July 29th

EPA is extending the deadline for the sign-up period for the Animal Feeding Operation Air Compliance Agreement to July 29, 2005, in order to provide more time for operators of animal feeding operations to make informed decisions about participation.

The Agreement addresses emissions from certain animal feeding operations, also known as AFOs. This Agreement is part of the EPA's ongoing effort to minimize air emissions from such operations and to ensure that they comply with the Clean Air Act and other federal environmental laws. The period for public comment on the Agreement ended May 2, 2005. The deadline for AFO operators to sign the Agreement was originally extended until July 1 and will now close on July 29.

National Milk Producers has produced a fact sheet about the agreement, specifically for dairy producers. It is available as a pdf file at:
http://www.nmpf.org/files/Final_Environmental_Update_6-24-05.pdf

The Commercial Agriculture Program in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has developed two documents to provide information to Missouriís livestock producers about the Agreement. A link has been established on the Commercial Ag Program website where both documents may be viewed and downloaded and the EPA website may be accessed.

The site address is: http://agebb.missouri.edu/commag/epa.htm


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