Walter Bradley, government and industry relations representative for Dairy Farmers of America, testified last month before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy in support of H.R. 2997. Congress created the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) to assist with cleaning up toxic waste sites. H.R. 2997 seeks clarification under CERCLA and the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act regulation that animal manure does not necessitate an emergency response nor create a Superfund site.

Bradley said, “The phosphates in manure are not now, nor have they ever been, equivalent to the harmful chemicals that CERCLA has been addressing for the last 32 years.” PD


—From Dairy Farmers of America news release