On Dec. 1, Ohio Chapter member Teri Reinhart testified in opposition to the transfer of the NPDES water permitting program for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

We continue to have serious concerns over ODA program deficiencies in light of the tremendous impacts of CAFOs on public health and water quality. The Ohio House voted in favor of House Bill 363 on Dec. 1, transferring Clean Water Act authority to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from Ohio EPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

To learn more, please click on CAFO testimony Dec. 1