EPA clarifies controversial rule

Montgomery, Ala. (WSFA) -- The Environmental Protection Agency has clarified a rule that involves gaseous emissions from cattle and chicken farming.

Until Thursday, The EPA was making farmers report when the amount of waste on their farms reached a hazardous level.  Now, they have changed their minds saying farmers no longer have to report it.  But that doesn't mean they're off the hook.  Farmers do have to maintain accurate records of the amounts of poultry and cattle litter produced from their farm.

The EPA says the change means authorities can do a better job of focusing their attention on hazardous substance releases that do require a response and not burdening farmers.

If you're an Alabama farmer and need more info on this change call the Department of Agriculture at 240-7100.