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These are the original issues in this subcategory
  • FEEDLOT WASTE
  • FEDERAL LANDS GRAZING
  • DOWNED ANIMAL USAGE
Winning Issue » FEEDLOT WASTE


Today's factory livestock operations generate huge amounts of hog, chicken and cattle waste. Most of these feedlot operations store and evaporate this waste in large open lagoons, some of it to be eventually used as fertilizer. However, these manure pits can leak if retaining walls fail or if flooding or overfilling occurs. Advocates warn of serious health problems resulting from pathogens invading our water supply, not to mention the damage to air quality, fisheries and ecosystems. According to the EPA, feedlot waste discharges have been blamed for polluting at least 35,000 miles of our nation's rivers and streams, as well as contaminating groundwater supplies in at least 16 states. The EPA believes there are more than 20,000 large feedlots now operating in our country, but less than half have federal effluent discharge permits. It reports that 75% of these operations are allowing pollutants into our waterways. Critics say the EPA has failed to enforce the 1972 Clean Water Act’s requirements on large animal feedlots. They claim the implementation of these regulations has been severely handicapped by legal loopholes and agribusiness influence. In 2011, as a key first step toward increased oversight, the EPA proposed a plan to collect information to determine the extent and responsibility of this pollution problem. However it soon withdrew its plan due to political pressure.


Pending Legislation: None




Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current livestock feedlot waste accountability policy, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support establishing an animal waste management program which requires animal owners to have an approved animal waste management plan designed to prevent the discharge of animal waste into surface or ground water; prohibiting the application of animal waste to land where the nitrogen or phosphorus would increase the risk of soil toxicity or surface or ground water pollution, and wish to identify a legislator to either reintroduce S.1407 - Concentrated Livestock Existing Alongside Nature Act (108th Congress 2003-2004), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committee of Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee (TX) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support establishing an animal waste management program which requires animal owners to have an approved animal waste management plan designed to prevent the discharge of animal waste into surface or ground water; prohibiting the application of animal waste to land where the nitrogen or phosphorus would increase the risk of soil toxicity or surface or ground water pollution, and wish to identify a legislator to either reintroduce S.1407 - Concentrated Livestock Existing Alongside Nature Act (108th Congress 2003-2004), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committee of Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee (TX) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
February 20, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
March 4, 2020
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February 27, 2020


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