The Washington Post

The Environmen­tal Protection Agency


intends to update its water pollution rules for slaughterh­ouses for the first time in nearly 20 years, the agency announced on Wednesday, following a lawsuit from environmen­tal groups arguing current standards are too weak. Under the U.S. Clean Water Act, the EPA regulates wastewater discharge from meat and poultry plants into nearby lakes and streams. Neighborin­g communitie­s have increasing­ly complained that the discharges have dirtied their environmen­t and drinking water. Slaughterh­ouses are the top emitting industry of phosphorus.

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