Animal waste is a growing issue in the environmental field. Legislation is being proposed (see U.S. Congressman George Miller's web page - to keep animal waste runoff from thousands of large farms and dairies in California and other states from polluting rivers, streams, and groundwater.
Large livestock farms and dairies have long been subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act. However, enforcement at both the state and federal levels has been extremely lax, and the 20-year-old standards do not match current conditions in the modern livestock industry now dominated by "factory farms" often holding tens of thousands of animals. Only a few of these facilities have Clean Water Act discharge permits, and even fewer have been inspected or are monitored to ensure that they are not polluting. In addition, outdated regulations ignore the cumulative impact of
Loads of North Carolina documents
Alabama - Animal Waste Guidance Documents - many to download free.
NC State's Animal and Poultry Waste Management Center
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