Environmental Protection Agency: National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Regulation and Effluent Limitation Guidelines and Standards for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), GAO-03-374R, B-291808, February 25, 2003
B-291808: Feb 25, 2003
This is our report on a major rule promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It was published in the Federal Register as a final rule on February 12. Enclosed is our assessment of the EPA's compliance with the procedural steps required by section 801(a)(1)(B)(i) through (iv) of title 5 with respect to the rule. If you have any questions about this report. The official responsible for GAO evaluation work relating to the subject matter of the rule is Robert Robinson. Sec. 801(a)(1)(B)(i)-(iv) OF A MAJOR RULE ISSUED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ENTITLED "NATIONAL POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELMINIATION SYSTEM PERMIT REGULATION AND EFFLUENT LIMITATION GUIDELINES AND STANDARDS FOR CONCENTRATED ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATIONS (CAFOS)" (RIN: 2040-AD19) (i) Cost-benefit analysis EPA performed a cost-benefit analysis of the final rule and estimates that the total social costs are $335 million annually with industry costs of $326 million per year and administrative costs to federal and state governments of $9 million per year.