Pork, Poultry Groups Appeal Sprinkler Update Requirement
The National Pork Producers Council submitted an appeal of a decision by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee to require new sprinkler and smoke detection standards for all domestic animal housing. Fifteen other animal production groups signed on to the appeal.
The NFPA decision to amend its “150″ Standard for Fire & Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities requires the installation of sprinkler and smoke control systems in all animal housing facilities.
To be heard on August 7, the appeal states “the adoption of the amended NFPA standard for livestock and poultry operations would result in enormous costs and significant technical and operational disruptions.”
The National Chicken Council estimates the implementing the new standards would cost the poultry industry alone $26 billion.
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