"If you don’t comment on the new regulations which revise the definition of concentrated animal feeding operations, the EPA assumes that everything is acceptable to you," says Deanne Meyer, livestock waste management specialist at the University of California-Davis.

The EPA has extended the comment period to July 1. That gives producers and industry members alike ample time to check out the proposed changes and be proactive in making their concerns known.

The proposed changes can be found online at: www.epa.gov/owm/afos/rule.htm