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E-M:/ HEARINGS ON CAFOS NEXT MONDAY AND TUESDAY



Enviro-Mich:

 

THREE important hearings on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) issues in Michigan are taking place next Monday and Tuesday – the first two INDIVIDUAL NPDES PERMIT HEARINGS in Michigan (in Hartford, in Van Buren County on Monday evening and in Elkton, in Huron County on Tuesday evening) and a hearing on the proposed NPDES rules for CAFOs in Lansing Monday afternoon.  DETAILS BELOW ON ALL THREE: 

 

1)    PROPOSED CAFO WATER QUALITY RULES: The DEQ is proposing new rules under the Clean Water Act NPDES program for regulation of large scale animal feeding facilities.  A hearing will be held at:

1:30 p.m.

MONDAY, JUNE 7th,

in Constitution Hall

ConCon A and B Conference Room,

Atrium Level, Constitution Hall,

525 West Allegan, Lansing, Michigan 48933. 

BRING A PICTURE ID WITH YOU TO THE HEARING – STATE OFFICE BUILDINGS RESTRICT ACCESS – PLAN TO TAKE TIME TO GET THROUGH SECURITY

 

Copies of the proposed rules (ORR 2003-037EQ) can be downloaded from the Internet through the Office of Regulatory Reform at http://www.michigan.gov/orr

 

Written comments can be submitted until June 18th to

Water Division

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

P.O. Box 30273

Lansing, Michigan 48909-7773

Phone:  517-335-3303

Fax:  517-241-8133

E-Mail:  bitondom@michigan.gov

 

 

2) HEARING ON HARTFORD DAIRY FARM (Van Buren County) INDIVIDUAL NPDES CAFO PERMIT:

MONDAY, JUNE 7th, 7:30 p.m.

at the Hartford Township Hall

61310 CR 687, Hartford, Michigan 49057

 

WRITTEN COMMENTS DUE JUNE 7th to

Mike Bitondo, Surface Water Permits Section

Water Division, Department of Environmental Quality

P.O. Box 30273, Lansing, Michigan 48909

telephone: 517-335-3303,

e-mail: bitondom@michigan.gov

 

 

3) Z-STAR DAIRY CAFO (Elkton, Huron County) PERMIT APPLICATION HEARING:

Tuesday, June 8th, 7:30 p.m.

at the Elkton Area Youth Center

16 N. Main St., Elkton, MI 48731

 

WRITTEN COMMENTS DUE JUNE 8th to:

Mike Bitondo, Surface Water Permits Section

Water Division, Department of Environmental Quality

P.O. Box 30273, Lansing, Michigan 48909

telephone: 517-335-3303,

e-mail: bitondom@michigan.gov

 

 

Each of the above individual permits can be accessed on the DEQ's website at: http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3313_3682_3713-10463--,00.html -- look down the list on this page for background and the permit application and proposed permit.

 

Sierra Club has posted a summary of our comments on our website, www.michigan.sierraclub.org -- click under In the Spotlight for details.

 

Anne Woiwode

 

 

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Anne Woiwode, Director

Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter

109 East Grand River Avenue,  Lansing, MI  48906

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

website:  http://michigan.sierraclub.org