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E-M:/ Enormous Dairy CAFO in Kalamazoo goes into receivership

Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>

According to court records and letters sent to creditors, the Michigana
Farms and Michigana Holsteins concentrated animal feeding operations(CAFOs)
have been placed into a receivership by Standard Federal Bank as of January
7, 2001.  The day to day management of the two CAFOs has been given over to
a firm called Morris-Anderson & Associates, Ltd., out of Des Plaines, IL.

Michigana Farms has been the focal point of concerns about contamination of
waterways, including Indian Lake downstream along the Portage River.  In the
fall last year the facility owners signed a consent judgment with the MDEQ
to bring about some clean up of water pollution problems at this CAFO.
Michigan Holsteins, owned and operated by the same family, is an enormous
facility that was reportedly intended to house 8000 dairy cows eventually.
While no water quality enforcement actions were taken against Michigan
Holsteins, neighbors have been subjected to virtually non-stop hauling of
manure by large trucks barreling down country roads, taking the wastes to be
sprayed or spread on fields throughout Kalamazoo County.

The receivership status of these two facilities raises many concerns about
the status of the enforcement order, the future of these two facilities, and
the effect on their long suffering neighbors.  Perhaps officials from the
DEQ can shed light on the next steps in a situation like this.


Anne Woiwode, Staff Director
Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter
109 East Grand River Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48906
517-484-2372; fax 517-484-3108

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