A coalition of consumer rights, community and environmental organizations filed a motion with a federal court in Minnesota seeking to intervene in a case recently filed by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) against the Environmental Protection Agency.
The industry groups went to court in July to prevent EPA from releasing data related to CAFOs to the public under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). To date, EPA has released information obtained from 29 states through the FOIA process, says John Dillard, associate with OFW Law.
Its goal is to release data from all 50 states by June 2014, Dillard adds, noting that these activists groups will likely use this information to establish a database similar to the one that the Environmental Working Group uses to document USDA subsidy recipients. The case is based on the claim that farm information, such as business names and addresses, is private and should be shielded from public view. At press time, the case was unresolved.