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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Appropriations Language on Issuance of Permits under Title V of the Clean Air Act & GHG Reporting

March 6, 2020
In The News

If you live in any of the above mentioned states it is crucial you reach out to your Member of Congress (additional details below). Your action is needed to maintain these funding prohibitions. Without these important language prohitibitions added in Sec 437 & SEC 438, farmers will be required to submit reports to the government estimating their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Sec 437: Stops funding to be used to promulgate or implement any regulation requiring the issuance of permits for farmers under title V of the Clean Air Act. Sec 438: Does not allow funding to be used to implement any provision in a rule, if that provision requires mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions from manure management systems. According to EPA’s Emissions Inventory, emissions from livestock manure management systems account for less than one percent of total GHG emission in the United States. Requiring individual farmers to estimate emissions from their operations will yield uncertain and unreliable data. Available technology does not allow farmers to accurately measure methane emissions. If farmers are mandated to comply with reporting of GHG emissions, inaccurate data will be sent to the federal government and may be used as an additional regulatory burden. · Brenda Lawrence (MI 14th District)