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E-M:/ Ohio Agrees NPDES Permits for CAFOs!!

Enviro-Mich message from <anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org>

     From Ohioans -- Important note:  Ohio was ALREADY requiring State 
     permits for some Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), so 
     they were already well ahead of Michigan.  Meanwhile, evidently 
     Michigan continues to believe that a Bush in the White House means no 
     protection for water quality and health in Michigan from CAFOs, so 
     they will sit on their fannies until after the election regarding what 
     Ohio EPA just agreed to do.  AW
The OHio EPA is now agreeing with the feds and will begin requiring NPDES 
permits for all farms over 1000 animal units.  They even have plans to 
require NPDES permits for farms under 1000 a.u. by 2002 if they are harming 
the waters of the state and don't take any corrective action.  See the story 
Big farms to follow federal rules
State EPA agrees to require permits for known polluters
Tuesday, October 31, 2000
Michael Hawthorne and Paul Souhrada
(Columbus) Dispatch Staff Reporters
Under pressure from federal officials and environmentalists, the Ohio 
Environmental Protection Agency will start regulating Buckeye Egg Farm and 
large-scale feedlots as it does factories and sewage-treatment plants.

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