- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Factory-style farms that produce large amounts of waste will have to comply with a new water-pollution rule the Bush administration issued yesterday to meet a court-ordered deadline.
The new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency says all big concentrated animal-feeding operations must apply for a permit to control pollution under the Clean Water Act, administration officials said.
EPA Administrator Christie Whitman and Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman were making the announcement.
The new rule, issued with White House approval, requires livestock operations to:
Develop a "comprehensive nutrient management plan" that sets limits on how much animal manure can be applied as fertilizer on farm fields. Plans must have state approval.
File annual reports on numbers of animals, the amount of manure they make and where it is going.



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