Description: Action to compel EPA to respond to 2009 petition requesting that concentrated animal feeding operations be regulated as sources of air pollution.
Humane Society of United States v. Pruitt
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 08/23/2017 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Lawsuit Filed to Compel EPA to Respond to Petition to Add Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations as Source of Air Pollution. The Humane Society of the United States and three other groups filed a lawsuit in the federal district court for the District of Columbia to compel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to respond to the petition they submitted in September 2009 requesting that EPA regulate concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) as sources of air pollution. The complaint alleged that "CAFOs emit dangerous air pollutants that contribute to climate change, threaten public health and safety, and harm the environment." In particular, the complaint alleged that "CAFOs release the powerful greenhouse gases methane and nitrous oxide." An earlier lawsuit was dismissed because the plaintiffs failed to serve a notice of intent to sue.