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E-M:/ Pennsylvania Governor vetoes CAFO cart blanche bill like Michigan's



It looks like the people of Pennsylvania are benefiting from a Governor who has the guts to stand up to the corporate agriculture Pro-CAFO forces – It looks like the pro-CAFO folks learned a trick or two from the outrageous passage of a similar bill in Michigan in 1999.  Under former Governor John Engler the same provision passed through the Legislature is the most scurrilous manner I have ever seen (amendment of a Senate bill that had already passed the Senate, Committee chair cutting off testimony with more than 100 people present who wanted to testify being blocked from speaking, then signed by Gov. Johnny).  Now that the absolutely wretched experiences of Michigan show just how bad this stuff is, maybe we can begin to reverse the trend!

 

The link is

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/7610212.htm

and snips from the article are below:

 

 

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Anne Woiwode, Director

Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter

109 East Grand River AvenueLansing, MI  48906

ph: 517-484-2372 fx: 517-484-3108 e: anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org

website:  http://michigan.sierraclub.org

 

Posted on Thu, Jan. 01, 2004

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Gov. Rendell vetoes bill favoring 'factory farms'
Critics say it would have tied the hands of townships in restricting large operations.

Inquirer Staff Writers

 

In the waning moments of 2003, Gov. Rendell vetoed a highly controversial bill that critics said would have stripped townships of power to restrict large farming operations.

Farm and environmental groups crowed in delight yesterday as word came down that House Bill 1222 had been blocked.

"He vetoed it? Yahoo!" said Larry Breech, president of the Pennsylvania Farmers Union, which he described as a "socially progressive" farming group of 1,400 members.

"If this had passed, factory farms would have taken over, and in short order. And if anyone had tried to block it, they would have been sued."

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In his veto statement, Rendell pointed to an instance when manure contaminated a local water supply, forcing residents to boil water and a town and school to take in water. "Nothing in the law requires Pennsylvania's largest hog corporation to reimburse the municipality or the school district's expenses," he said.

John Hanger, president of PennFuture, a state environmental group, said he did not expect the legislature to override the veto.

"People understand the stench from this legislation," Hanger said. "The members who do vote to override, do so at their own political risk."


Contact staff writer Dawn Fallik at 215-854-2795 or at dfallik@phillynews.com.

 

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