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Farmers Raise a Stink Over Fees for Flatulence

EPA brands livestock odor air pollution
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2008 8:16 AM CST
Farmers Raise a Stink Over Fees for Flatulence
"Pig" in a poke.   (©Criss!)

(Newser) – Farmers' noses are out of joint over proposed regulations that would fine them for their  livestock's flatulence, reports AP. Operations with herds over a certain size would be charged per animal to offset the amount of greenhouse gasses contained in their rather voluminous belching and farting, according to the EPA proposal. It could cost an average-sized operation up to $40,000 a year. "Who comes up with this kind of stuff?" asked a spokesman for a farmers association.
(Read more farms stories.)

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