A&WMA and WEF Sponsor Joint Conference to Address New EPA Regulations for Animal Feeding Operations

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Untitled Document Pittsburgh, PA (July 25, 2005) - By Friday, July 29, operators of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) must decide whether to participate in the Air Compliance Agreement issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The agreement is designed to minimize air emissions from CAFOs and ensure compliance with the Clean Air Act and other laws.

As this program gets under way, the leading professional associations for air and water quality are sponsoring a joint conference to address the agreement and other issues related to the environmental and health effects related to CAFOs. The Air & Waste Management Association and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) are jointly sponsoring "Animal Agriculture and Processing: Managing Environmental Impacts," which takes place Aug. 31 - Sept. 2, 2005, at the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis, MO.

The conference will address strategies and solutions for assessing and managing the environmental impacts of animal agriculture. The conference will:

· Provide an update on requirements of the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) rule;
· Address federal, state, and local regulatory and policy developments for feeding and processing operations; and
· Highlight effective management and technology-based approaches.

Of the 1.3 million livestock farms in the United States, approximately 238,000 are CAFOs. Each year, CAFOs produce more than 500 million tons of manure, as well as odors and emissions such as particulates, ammonia, and so-called greenhouse gases. As a result, CAFOs have come under increased scrutiny for their need to prevent adverse environmental and public health effects through the application of advanced technologies and sound management principles.

For more information, call A&WMA at 1-412-232-3444, or visit the conference Web site at www.awma.org/events.


The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional organization that provides training, information, and networking opportunities to thousands of environmental professionals in 65 countries.

Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with members from varied disciplines who work toward the WEF vision of preservation and enhancement of the global water environment. The WEF network includes water quality professionals from 76 Member Associations in 30 countries.

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