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Slaughterhouses Are Polluting Our Waterways

Updated Rules Are Need to Protect Our Health and Wildlife

Frontier Group helped Environment America Research & Policy Center and Clean Water for All produce a factsheet on water pollution from industrial meat and poultry processing plants that dump huge volumes of pollution into America’s rivers, threatening our health and harming our environment. Despite Clean Water Act requirements, the EPA has refused to update decades-old pollution standards to protect the public.

Industrial meat and poultry processing plants dump huge volumes of pollution into America’s rivers, threatening our health and harming our environment. The construction of more slaughterhouses adds to this water pollution. Despite Clean Water Act requirements, the EPA has refused to update decades-old pollution standards to protect the public.

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Elizabeth Ridlington

Associate Director and Senior Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

Elizabeth Ridlington is associate director and senior policy analyst with Frontier Group. She focuses primarily on global warming, toxics, health care and clean vehicles, and has written dozens of reports on these and other subjects. Elizabeth graduated with honors from Harvard with a degree in government. She joined Frontier Group in 2002. She lives in Northern California with her husband and son.

John Rumpler

Senior Director, Clean Water for America Campaign and Senior Attorney, Environment America Research & Policy Center

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