The Effects of CAFOs on Environmental Justice

June 15, 2022 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
Webinar Only

An ELI Public Webinar

A concentrated animal feeding operation (known as a “CAFO”) is an industrial agricultural facility, in which large quantities of animals are confined in close proximity for at least 45 days or more each year. CAFOs waste contains a variety of pollutants, including ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, and methane, as well as disease-causing pathogens. The waste can pollute air, land, and water, leading to negative effects on the health of communities surrounding the sites. CAFOs are frequently located near low-income and minority communities; these communities often lack the financial resources to combat the negative environmental, health, and economic effects they face from CAFOs.

Join the Environmental Law Institute and expert panelists for an in-depth discussion about CAFOs and the environmental harms that result from them, along with how they disproportionately impact communities of color and high-poverty locations. What are the laws regulating CAFOs? What legal recourse is available to impacted communities? What steps can lawyers take to assist those harmed by CAFOs? How can policy changes help reduce harms? Our experts will address these questions and so much more!

Molly Brown, Senior Attorney and Director of Community Legal Education, Chesapeake Legal Alliance, Moderator
Alexis Andiman, Senior Attorney, Earthjustice
Kelly Hunter Foster, Senior Attorney, Waterkeeper Alliance
Sherri White-Williamson, Environmental Justice Policy Director, North Carolina Conservation Network

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