The American Farm Bureau Federation has filed a legal challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s December finding that greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare, says Bob Stallman, president, American Farm Bureau Federation. “The agency’s action constitutes the first step toward economy-wide regulation of greenhouse gases. It is an effort to achieve through regulation what has failed to pass Congress and failed as well at the Copenhagen talks.

“EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from farms and ranches through the Clean Air Act could lead to costly and burdensome mandates on America’s food, fiber and renewable fuel producers, he adds. “It is imperative that the U.S. Court of Appeals conduct a thorough review of the EPA’s endangerment finding.”

This action brings the number of states and organizations filing lawsuits or petitions against the agency’s finding to double-digits. According to the New York Times, many industry groups and states argue that forthcoming EPA regulations will have devastating economic consequences, while EPA and environmentalists say the agency is required by law to begin regulating greenhouse gas emissions.

A spokesperson for EPA says it is confident its finding will withstand the legal scrutiny.

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Source: American Farm Bureau Federation, New York Times