Reporting the information on regulations……….

A U.S. District Court ruling has sided with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over administrative steps to collect information for the purpose of regulating concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

Judge Randolph Moss, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, dismissed a lawsuit brought by a coalition of consumer, environmental and animal rights groups against EPA. The lawsuit charged EPA failed to meet federal mandates when collecting and reporting information regarding CAFOs under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

The Center for Food Safety, Environmental Integrity Project, Food & Water Watch, The Humane Society of the United States and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement filed the lawsuit in August 2013 in the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging EPA’s withdrawal of a proposed information-reporting rule ( That case (Environmental Integrity Project, et. al v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Case 1:13-cv-01306) was reassigned to Judge Moss, on Nov. 19, 2014.

In his ruling, Judge Ross said EPA’s decision to withdraw the information rule and instead rely on existing state and federal information sources to gather information met standards required under law.