Lawsuits That May Effect Farming in 2012
The dairyherd.com reports on how current lawsuits involving pesticide registrations and water quality regulations may drastically effect farming in 2012.
Earlier this year, NCGA joined with the American Farm Bureau Federation and other agricultural organizations to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s Total Maximum Daily Load for nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment in the Chesapeake Bay. The farm groups stated the Chesapeake Bay TMDL goes beyond the scope of Clean Water Act authority, that the science used by the agency is flawed and that the regulatory process lacked transparency. The case has been filed in a federal court in Pennsylvania.
The second lawsuit involves pesticide registrations and their potential impact on endangered species. The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) filed a suit against EPA in 2011 alleging that the agency failed to consult with the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service on hundreds of pesticide registrations potentially affecting hundreds of species.