EPA today announced its seven national enforcement initiatives for fiscal years 2017 through 2019. EPA is continuing to focus using its enforcement authority to help prevent the contamination of surface and ground water by animal waste. In the announcement the agency noted that it has concluded 217 Clean Water Act enforcement actions at concentrated animal feeding operations since 2011 under this initiative. Owners and operators of animal feeding, handling and processing facilities can expect continued scrutiny by EPA over the next several years.

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