Opening Briefs Filed in EPA Lawsuit on Slaughterhouse Regulations

Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice on August 3 filed the opening brief in our challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s final agency decision not to revise the effluent limitation guidelines for slaughterhouses and associated effluent limitations and not to publish pretreatment standards to control pollution discharges into the nation’s waters under the Clean Water Act. Every year, slaughterhouses discharge between 12.5 and 16.5 million pounds of nitrogen and 2.84 million pounds of phosphorus into surface waters in the United States. These discharges are a nationally significant source of harmful algal blooms and harm of drinking water supplies, recreation, and aquatic life. Waterkeepers Chesapeake, Waterkeeper Alliance, and eight other environmental organizations are co-plaintiffs in the case.