EPA Agreement With Farms Upheld By Court

Law360, New York (December 4, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- The D.C. Circuit Court rejected a citizens group's attempt to strike the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's air emissions consent agreements with thousands of concentrated animal feeding operations, after a court panel ruled that the agreements were judicially reviewable.

The Association of Irritated Residents, along with the Environmental Integrity Project, Sierra Club and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, sued the EPA in May 2005. They challenged a deal that would give the livestock industry immunity from clean air rule penalties.

In return, the livestock operations paid civil...
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