Food and Farm-EPA Livestock Farms

August 2, 2012 - 3:35 AM
In this July, 28, 2012 photo, Karen Hudson, co-founder of Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water, poses with signs in Elmwood, Ill., opposing huge corporate-funded farms that are springing up across country. Hudson says many rural communities have been divided over this issue. She says as these livestock farms have grown to house thousands and even tens of thousands of animals — there are very real concerns about air and water pollution. She is calling for compromise and more regulation. Four years after the U.S. Government Accountability Office raised concerns and 40 years after the Clean Water Act gave the EPA the authority to protect the nation's waterways, the agency still doesn't know the location of many livestock farms, let alone how much manure they generate or how the waste is handled, because most of that information is kept by various state and or local agencies _ or not collected at all. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)