Today (Jan. 20) is the deadline for all confined feeding operations covered under the Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act to report their ammonia and hydrogen sulfide emissions.
The new rules from EPA require operations with more than 1,000 beef cattle, 700 mature dairy cows, 1,000 veal calves, 2,500 swine each weighing 55 pounds or more, 10,000 swine each weighing less than 55 pounds, 500 horses or 10,000 sheep to make reports if their total emissions are more than 100 pounds of either substance over a 24-hour period.
Telephone notification must be made by today and a written report submitted within 30 days to avoid penalties.
Both the National Cattlemen's Beef Board and the Kansas Livestock Association have fought for agricultural exemptions to this law, which is intended to provide emergency responders with notice of releases that will require clean-up.
The organizations have argued that beef cattle operations have very low emissions that pose no threat to worker safety, that the emissions are naturally occurring, dissipate rapidly and cannot be contained, which makes it impossible to have an emergency response.
Nonetheless, the final rule making requires reporting by animal operations.
A worksheet to help managers estimate and report emissions can be found on the KLA website at www.kla.org.