One of many articles describing the changes to the Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) rules.

-Permitting & Self-permitting-
In a most astonishing development, EPAs rules allow the CAFO operator to write its own Nutrient Management Plan, and then shields the CAFO from enforcement as long as it has implemented the Plan. This write your own ticket to pollution approach has been soundly rejected by the 9th Circuit in a case challenging EPAs similar approach to urban stormwater.
Which results in large Manure fires, which can't be put out with water!



A huge mountain of cow manure is seen smoldering at a feedlot near Milford, Neb., Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005. The estimated 2,000-ton pile of burning cow manure spontaneously combusted about two months ago and continues to smolder despite attempts to douse it. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)