Part 2 -- refer to part 1 for background:
- Requiring standards and prohibiting practices that fail
Janet Kauffman of ECCSCM talked
about the critical need to require professional inspections of lagoons on an
annual basis, citing the recent failure of a waste lagoon in
Leland Townsend and Sandy Nordmark,
both speaking on behalf of the Farmers Union, covered an extensive list of the
types of practices and designs that are critical for requiring of any
industrial livestock operations. Leland read the policy of the National
Farmers Union (found on page 57 of the national policy book at http://www.nfu.org/documents/policy/2005_nfu_policy_e.pdf
o James Clift of Michigan Environmental Council analogized the regulation of industrial livestock operations to that of other industries, saying that these facilities are unique in being allowed to take a point source and turn it into a non-point source site. Visual observation would be laughed at by for any other type of regulated facilities, he noted. He called on requiring testing at the edge of fields during rain events to truly monitor the pollution from these facilities.
o Helen Leblanc of Williamston noted that the DEQ should be assuring that the regulation of these industrial livestock operations is preventing pollution, because that is what this is supposed to be about.
David Holtz of Clean Water Action
praised aspects of the proposed permit that are good, including requiring
permits for all industrial livestock operations and requiring field by field
assessments. But he raised concern that
Jan O’Connell of
- Other categories
o James Hurst from United for Justice said that the issuance of permits for industrial livestock operations gives our states stamp of approval for these facilities. He noted that the industry has been benefiting from society’s good will toward traditional farmers even though these are not at all the same.
Judith Hooper, a
o Jim Roland of Port Austin talked about the experience he and his neighbors have as their beach, Oak Harbor Beach, has been covered with sludge that tests at 2.5 times the allowable E.coli levels, about people getting sick, about dissolved oxygen levels at zero, and how Sierra Club’s Lynn Henning had showed up there last week and helped to identify the likely source (a drain running into Lake Huron). He noted another 4000 head dairy is going in and how concerned he is about this.
END PART 2
Anne Woiwode, State Director
Sierra Club Mackinac (
517-484-2372 fax 517-484-3108
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