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U.S. Spending Bill Set to Limit Regulation of Livestock Emissions

  • Advocacy organization calls the bill a ‘free pass’ to pollute
  • Agriculture accounts for 10% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions


Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Congress’ annual spending bill is set to include major limitations on the federal government’s ability to regulate emissions from animal agriculture, despite objections from dozens of environmental groups.

The $1.5 trillion bill to fund the U.S. government working its way through Congress includes two provisions that hamper the government’s ability to monitor and regulate emissions from the country’s meat and dairy industries. One provision bars new permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act for emissions of pollutants like carbon dioxide and methane from livestock production, while the other disallows any new greenhouse gas reporting requirements from manure management systems.