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BP Isn’t the Only One Polluting Our Waterways

Written by PETA | June 2, 2010
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I have good news and, well, not-so-good news. The good news is that as a result of a lawsuit filed by environmental groups, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has agreed to pay closer attention to all the factory-farm manure that often spills into our waterways.

The not-so-good news is that the EPA plans to rely on factory farms to provide the data that the agency needs—every five years. The farms will be expected to disclose, among other things, information about their manure-storage facilities and how the “excess manure” is disposed of. In other words, the EPA is letting the fox guard the henhouse.

It’s good that the EPA is doing something. But I have more faith in people like Goldman Environmental Prize–winner Lynn Henning, who gathers water samples and uses aerial photography to help hold factory farms accountable for mucking up our rivers and streams. Her efforts can really make a difference—and so can you by reminding people that farms cater to consumers. If there were no demand for flesh, eggs, or milk, then there would be no problem. So here’s to a different kind of report: our success in encouraging people to help preserve America’s waterways by going vegan.

Try passing out a copy of our vegetarian/vegan starter kit at your nearest stream!

Written by Heather Moore

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  • Lois says:

    The EPA is as useless as tits on a boar. I guess we should be grateful that they are bothering to do anything at all but it will clearly be up to undercover agents to sneak in to these factories and reveal the truth.

  • Rob says:

    This actually represents a huge advancement. As I understand it years ago the agriculture industry received an exemption from reporting the pollution figures that all other industries are responsible for. The agricultural industry uses toxins far more potent and pollutants far more dangerous than some other industries that are still required to report in great detail. Such is the power of the agriculture lobby and the weakness of our politicians. Let’s hope that this move by the EPA is just one of many moves in the right direction.

  • Scotty says:

    Over 13 of fossil fuels produced in America go towards animal agriculture.