The agency will seek more data from farms and will also consider practices and technologies that were not available when the rules were last updated. Revising water pollution rules typically takes several years, three full-time employees, and $1 million per year in contractor fees, according to the EPA. The study will determine if the potential environmental benefits of changing the rule will justify the significant resources required to make the update.
This article appeared in the February 2023 issue of Journal of Nutrient Management on page 5. Not a subscriber? Click to get the print magazine.