When factory farms pollute rivers or drinking water supplies with their waste, they should have to pay the cost to clean up the mess. That's what the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compenstation and Liability Act requires.
But now Tyson Foods, other livestock companies and some members of Congress are seeking to make a radical change: They want to take the livestock industry off the hook for paying any cleanup costs and, instead, make cities, states and drinking water suppliers pay the bill. Shifting the burden of cleanup from the polluter to the victim is completely unfair. It would remove a key incentive for factory farms to manage their waste properly and keep it out of our drinking water.
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