For those of you concerned about clean water in
The CAFO NPDES draft general permit PUBLIC HEARING is this
Thursday August 25 at 7pm here in
CAFOs are Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or, as
they’re called in
As a requirement under the federal Clean Water Act, and under Michigan’s delegated authority to administer the Clean Water Act here, CAFOs apply for NPDES general permit certificates of coverage for their operations, these general permits set the standards under which CAFOs can discharge their dirty water. For more information on CAFOs and what they discharge, see www.nocafos.org.
For more information on the draft CAFO NPDES general permit,
see the MDEQ’s website at: http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3313_3682_3713-10463--,00.html
, scroll down to the embedded table with "General Permit for Large
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations" for links to the public
notice and to the permit itself. Final comments are due on Sept. 16 to
If you care about clean water, then please plan to attend the hearing and tell your concerns to the MDEQ. We participated on the MDEQ’s working group for this permit – and we know there is much pressure on the MDEQ to move backward to a weaker permit instead of a stronger permit. We know that the general permit needs to be stronger, not weakened.
Please plan to speak out for a stronger general permit, that:
Ø protects public health from filthy pathogen-ridden water discharges to waters of the state, that increases waterborne or airborne diseases like campylobacteriosis and E. coli infections, and that could be an important factor in beach closures around our shorelines;
Ø requests that ALL CAFOS must be made to come under the permit, because voluntary programs are not working;
Ø tells MDEQ that the whole and complete CNMP must be made available to the public so that the public can give proper input about permitting decisions that will affect their lives and livelihoods;
Ø the state must better enforce the permits, and that the state must shut down the CAFOs that refuse to use practices that would protect their neighbors;
Ø the state must develop better staff training programs, so that inexperienced water bureau and air quality division staff know how to respond to a CAFO discharge or even a CAFO emergency.
The hearing location and time are: 7pm to 9:30pm,
Water Sentinels Project
Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter