Regulating CAFOs, Environmental legal authority

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Hogs feed in a pen in a concentrated animal feeding operation
In this Oct. 31, 2018, photo, hogs feed in a pen in a concentrated animal feeding operation, or CAFO, on the Gary Sovereign farm, in Lawler, Iowa. Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo

A reporter shares how small town efforts to regulate CAFOs have met significant challenges. Then, a law professor helps us better understand a new EPA rule to give states and tribes more authority over energy projects that impact the environment.

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    Several small towns in Wisconsin have attempted to regulate concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, but have been met with pushback by agricultural lobbying groups. A reporter explains.

  • Proposed rule gives state officials, tribal authorities more environmental decision-making power

    A proposed rule announced last week would give state officials and tribal authorities more power to block pipelines and make decisions about other water-related projects. An environmental and health sciences lawyer walks us through the legislation.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Lee Rayburn Technical Director
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Emilie Burditt Producer
  • Diana Kruzman Guest
  • Steph Tai Guest