Court OKs release of CAFO information

A federal judge in Minnesota ruled the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may release information regarding livestock farms subject to concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) regulations. The lawsuit (0:13-cv-01751-ADM-TNL, American Farm Bureau Federation and National Pork Producers Council v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, et. al) was initially filed July 5, 2013 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) had sought a court injunction to prevent EPA from publicly releasing data under Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests until a court could clarify EPA’s obligation to keep personal information about citizens private. Oral arguments were heard Dec. 17. In her 10-page opinion issued Jan. 27, Judge Ann Montgomery, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, concluded the farm groups lacked standing because the information released by EPA in response to FOIA requests was already publicly available, and the CAFOs have yet to see any injury due to the release of the information. <more>

 

Jan. 28, 2015 Dairy Herd Management