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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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Here is the WLNS TV News story on the Michigan
State University Beef Cattle Teaching and Research
Center CAFO water pollution problem.  This is
the news story and there is a link to watch the video of
the story on this page.

http://www.wlns.com/Global/story.asp?S=2901580

This story doesn't touch the whole extent of problems
at this MSU site.

I was out there with binoculars in the Bennett Road
right of way on Friday afternoon....and for the second time...
those jumpy MSU farm managers apparently again
called the MSU cops on me who were rushing south
down Beaumont Road just as I was leaving.

Apparently anyone using binoculars around MSU must
be some kind of anti-agriculture bioterrorist... those
binocular-wielding Audubon bird watchers will probably be next on the
list of suspects.

The CAFO ag community in North Dakota has talked itself
into such terrorism target frenzy that a legislator has introduced
a bill to cast a shroud of secrecy over virtually everything related
to CAFO environmental management.   See:

http://www.minotdailynews.com/edit/story/022202005_edt2EDIT.asp

Closer to home in Michigan, CAFO operator paranoia has cropped up with
HB 4130, introduced by Rep. Leslie Mortimer (R - Horton),
a Republican leader (assistant majority whip), and sent to the
House Agriculture Committee.

Rep. Mortimer's bill is simple....it says:

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
SEC. 1511. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS ACT, AN
EMPLOYEE OF THE DEPARTMENT OR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL
QUALITY SHALL NOT ENTER ANY AGRICULTURAL OR FARM FACILITY UNLESS HE
OR SHE HAS A WARRANT ISSUED BY A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION
AUTHORIZING THE ENTRY.

I guess those CAFO Farm Bureau members don't really want
any scrutiny of their operations, eh?    Why would a member of
the House Republican leadership make it much harder to protect Michigan's
water resources from discharge of animal waste contaminated
agricultural wastewater?   Whose side are they on?

Gee...I better check to make sure that CAFO animals weren't given
the right to vote in the lame duck session.....

Rep. Mortimer's bill if passed would mean no more unannounced inspections when rain events occur
at such sites since MDEQ would have to find a judge to sign a warrant before
they could do an inspection.


....and so it goes on a PM 2.5 Saturday evening....


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