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Re: E-M:/ MI subsidizes egg laying CAFO, while Oklahoma AG Sues whole Poultry CAFO industry

Enviro-Mich message from Jan O'Connell <jan.oconnell@juno.com>

HI Anne,

I can find out more info on this but I was talking last week with a 
friend that runs a business to promote Sustainable businesses.  He
told me of some new process that he's helping work on....to turn
chicken wastes into energy.  I wasn't able to talk to him long but
he specifically mentioned Herbruck's as being one of the businesses
he was trying to assist in this so-called sustainable process.  My ears
were atuned because years ago this was one of the first CAFO's I 
reviewed, took pictures of when I was reviewing CAFO's with the
two interns working with me on CAFO's.  

Back then (I believe) it was about 4 years ago....they were adding their 
3rd barn and heavens...I think when I drove to Lansing a couple weeks
ago they were starting to build their 10th barn. 

Anne, do you want more info on this....turning chicken waste into energy
process and if they were planning to handle all of Herbruck's waste
in this fashion?

Jan O'Connell

On Thu, 24 Mar 2005 20:00:47 -0500 "Anne Woiwode"
<anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org> writes:
> Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Woiwode" 
> <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>
> Herbruck's is a massive chicken concentrated animal feeding 
> operation (CAFO)
> with one of its massive facilities easily seen on the southwestern 
> corner of
> I-96 and the Ionia exit.  
> There is a DEEP irony to this timing -- the Attorney General of 
> Oklahoma has
> just filed a notice of intent to sue that appears to list almost 
> poultry CAFO in the state giving them ALL 90 day's notice of the 
> intent to
> sue under the Clean Water Act because, as the Letter of Intent 
> states, "The
> Poultry Integrators have contributed to the handling, storage 
> and/or
> disposal of solid and/or hazardous waste in a manner that may or 
> does
> present an imminent and substantial endangerment to human health and 
> the
> environment in the Illinois River Watershed" (IRW).
> The Letter of intent explains that these poultry operations, 
> including
> egg-laying facilities, "generate hundreds of thousands of tons of 
> poultry
> waste" which "constitute solid and/or hazardous waste pursuant" 
> under
> federal law, and that "Since approximately 1980, it has been the 
> practice of
> the Poultry Integrators to dispose of this waste on lands within the 
> resulting in the release of this waste and associated pollutants 
> into soils,
> groundwater and surface waters of the IRW -- a practice which may 
> and does
> present an imminent and substantial endangerment of human health and 
> the
> environment in the IRW" in violation of federal law and regulations. 
>  The
> waste is identified as containing phosphorous and phosphorous 
> compounds,
> nitrogen and nitrogen compounds, arsenic and arsenic compounds, zinc 
> and
> zinc compounds, copper and copper compounds, hormones, antibiotics, 
> and
> microbial pathogens.
> Sierra Club last month sent a letter to the MEDC protesting other 
> support of
> CAFOs, specifically tax exempt bonds for two dairy CAFOs and support 
> for
> roads for other dairy CAFOs.  We have requested the MEDC to end its 
> practice
> of supporting CAFO expansion in Michigan.  In a separate email I 
> will post
> our arguments to the MEDC for ending this practice. 
> Anne Woiwode
> Sierra Club
> Anyone know anything about the nature of the Herbruck Poultry Ranch, 
> Inc., 
> project  listed below (Ionia County) that MDOT is supporting?
> Contact: Benjamin Kohrman 517-335-3084
> Agency: Transportation
> Governor Granholm announces transportation economic development 
> investments
> to support more than 2,000 jobs Mar 24, 2005
>      March 24, 2005 - - Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm today announced 
> that more
> than 2,000 jobs will be created or retained in Michigan as the 
> result of
> $6,451,751 in state-funded transportation investments that will 
> leverage
> more than $523 million in private sector development.
>  The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is partnering with 
> local
> governments and other state agencies to provide a total of 
> $29,430,478 in
> transportation-related investments for targeted road projects that 
> will
> support Michigan jobs and fuel economic growth.
>  "These projects will put people to work this year and support 
> good-paying
> jobs with important road projects in Michigan communities," Granholm 
> said.
> "We are pleased to partner with local governments and industry to 
> invest
> state transportation dollars where they will create jobs today and 
> grow
> Michigan's economy."
>  Funded with Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) grants, 
> the
> improvements include resurfacing, reconstruction, widening, road 
> alignment
> and other upgrades considered crucial to economic development. The 
> TEDF was
> enacted by the Michigan Legislature in 1987 to assist in the funding 
> of
> highway, road, and street projects necessary to support economic 
> growth. The
> Category A or "Target Industries Program" is specifically aimed at 
> making
> transportation improvements to encourage private investments in 
> Michigan
> that create or retain jobs.
>  MDOT collaborated with the Michigan Economic Development 
> Corporation (MEDC)
> to select transportation improvement projects in six counties: 
> Huron, Ionia,
> Kalamazoo Oakland, Otsego, and Washtenaw. These projects combined 
> will
> result in 2,115 jobs.
>  "Transportation moves the economy and improves quality of life," 
> said State
> Transportation Director Gloria J. Jeff. "MDOT is proud to partner 
> with
> private industry and state and local agencies to invest in strategic 
> road
> improvements that will grow Michigan's economy today and, 
> ultimately,
> benefit businesses and motorists for years to come."
>  The TEDF will fund $6,451,751 of the $29,430,478 in work. State and 
> local
> matches will total $22,978,727 (78 percent) of the transportation 
> project
> costs.
>  "For every state transportation dollar spent on these public road
> improvements, the private sector is investing $81. The TEDF is 
> clearly one
> of our most effective tools for growing Michigan's economy," said 
> Jeff.
>  Ionia County
>  The Ionia County Road Commission will upgrade Portland Road to 
> support the
> expansion of Herbruck Poultry Ranch, Inc. Herbruck's Portland Road 
> facility
> is an integrated egg-laying operation. Shipments of incoming feed 
> and
> outgoing products must use Portland Road to access the facility, 
> which is
> beyond its normal service life and currently subject to seasonal 
> weight
> restrictions. The project will include crushing and shaping, 
> bituminous
> surfacing, and new aggregate road shoulders, which will allow for 
> the
> elimination of seasonal weight restrictions. Herbruck Poultry Ranch 
> is
> investing $25,000,000 to expand its poultry production facilities, 
> which
> will create 50 new jobs by 2007. The cost of the project is 
> $552,000,
> including $380,000 in TEDF Category A funds, $132,000 from the Ionia 
> County
> Road Commission, and $40,000 from Herbruck Poultry Ranch, Inc.
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