A recent federal investigation of livestock operations in Illinois has raised concerns about how well the industry is currently being monitored. An umbrella organization called Citizens for Clean Air and Water petitioned the study based on concerns with water pollution. Danielle Diamond is an attorney with the group; she said she was pleased with the thoroughness of the EPA’s investigation.
Bruce Yurdin is the director of field operations for the IEPA, he said the agency is already working to comply with the EPA’s standards. Yurdin said the agency will make sure more animal feeding operations operate under permits. Yurdin said it will also create a statewide database to monitor those facilities.