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The USEPA has agreed to provide factory farms immunity from Clean Air Act civil fines and penalties in exchange for the farms' agreement to submit air quality data and pay a one-time fine. The AP quotes a USEPA representative who said, "This is not a 'pay up and get out of jail free' pass," said Thomas V. Skinner, USEPA's acting chief of enforcement.

The USEPA believes that it would take in excess of 10 years to get full compliance from the farms, and apparently elected to shortcut that process with this agreement. Now, the government believes the deal could result in the first federal emissions standards for the nation's animal processing farms within about four years.

No word yet from the Sierra Club or other environmental organizations. MIPTC wonders whether this exemption will turn into a big stink.

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