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A Breath of Fresh Air: Methods and Obstacles for Achieving Air Pollution Reduction in Washington Factory Farm Communities

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dc.contributor.author Thompson, Linda
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-19T20:18:06Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-19T20:18:06Z
dc.date.issued 2011-07
dc.identifier.citation 1 Wash. J. Env. Law & Pol'y 130 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2160-4169
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/1619
dc.description Volume 1, issue 1, July 2011 en_US
dc.description.abstract Abstract: “Animal feeding operations (AFOs),” or, if large enough, “concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs),” have become increasingly concentrated in ownership, location, and quantity of animals since the 1950s. The Yakima Valley of central Washington is one area that has been subject to an influx of these industrial farms, raising health and environmental concerns for residents. Despite scientific evidence of potential harm, citizens have had difficulty enforcing air emissions regulation. The problem is twofold: the EPA is still working with the industry to develop a methodology for emission monitoring –– the effectiveness of which remains unclear ––and, assuming monitoring methods existed, the statutory framework provides numerous agricultural exemptions. State “Right-to-Farm” statutes further exempt some farms from liability under the common law. Nonetheless, this comment will demonstrate that nuisance, trespass, and/or negligence actions, if teed up correctly in light of the state Right-to-Farm statute, can operate to combat pollution from AFOs. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Seattle, WA: University of Washington School of Law en_US
dc.subject Comment en_US
dc.subject Clean Air Act en_US
dc.title A Breath of Fresh Air: Methods and Obstacles for Achieving Air Pollution Reduction in Washington Factory Farm Communities en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright 2011, Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy. en_US


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