Environmental and animal welfare groups are suing EPA, seeking to force the agency to collect information on concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, saying the information is necessary for EPA to protect waterways.
The groups have asked the court to order EPA to make a final decision on the proposed rule. However, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley doubts they’ll win the lawsuit.
EPA dropped the rule in July 2012 saying it would get CAFO information from state and federal agencies. Grassley says EPA has had a track record of using these types of lawsuits to push regulations.
The plaintiffs, including HSUS and Iowa CCI, say EPA lacks the rational basis required by law to withdraw the rule.