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EPA Charge of $175 per Cow to Curb GHGs?

31 December 2008

US - The New York Farm Bureau warns just this one rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could increase milk production costs up to 8 cents a gallon.

Call this one of the newest and innovative the ways the government has come up with to battle greenhouse gas emissions, says a report in Business & Media Institute.

Indirectly, it could be considered a cheeseburger tax but one of the suggestions offered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) for regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act is to levy a tax on livestock.

The ANPR, released early this year, would give the EPA the authority to regulate greenhouse gas for not only greenhouse gas from man-made sources like transportation and industry, but also “stationary” sources, which would include livestock.

The New York Farm Bureau has assigned a price tag to the cost of greenhouse gas regulation by the EPA.

“The tax for dairy cows could be $175 per cow, and $87.50 per head of beef cattle. The tax on hogs would upwards of $20 per hog,” the release said. “Any operation with more than 25 dairy cows, 50 beef cattle or 200 hogs would have to obtain permits.”


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