EPA 'Cow Tax' Could Charge $175 per Dairy Cow to Curb Greenhouse Gases
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EPA 'Cow Tax' Could Charge $175 per Dairy Cow to
Curb Greenhouse Gases
The proposal would give the EPA the authority to regulate greenhouse gas for not only greenhouse gas from manmade sources like transportation and industry, but also “stationary” sources which would include livestock.
The New York Farm Bureau assigned a price tag to the cost of greenhouse gas regulation by the EPA in a release last month.
“The tax for dairy cows could be $175 per cow, and $87.50 per head of beef cattle. The tax on hogs would upwards of $20 per hog,” the release said. “Any operation with more than 25 dairy cows, 50 beef cattle or 200 hogs would have to obtain permits.”
“The new president has been on record as saying that he really supports regulating greenhouse gases out of the Clean Air Act,” said Rick Krause, senior director of congressional relations for the American Farm Bureau.
Even the Department of Agriculture warned the EPA that smaller farms and ranches would have difficulty with limits as much as 100 tons annually on emissions:
“If GHG emissions from agricultural sources are
regulated under the CAA, numerous farming operations that currently are
not subject to the costly and time-consuming Title V permitting process
would, for the first time, become covered entities. Even very small
agricultural operations would meet a 100-tons-per-year emissions
threshold. For example, dairy facilities with over 25 cows, beef cattle
operations of over 50 cattle, swine operations with over 200 hogs, and
farms with over 500 acres of corn may need to get a Title V permit. It
is neither efficient nor practical to require permitting and reporting
of GHG emissions from farms of this size. Excluding only the 200,000
largest commercial farms, our agricultural landscape is comprised of 1.9
million farms with an average value of production of $25,589 on 271
acres. These operations simply could not bear the regulatory compliance
costs that would be involved.”
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