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Re: E-M:/ MSU Profs Pimping for the CAFOS....
What benefits (would MSU
say) outweigh these costs? Certainly no benefits at all to neighbors, to
soils, to air, to water.
Living near Vreba-Hoff CAFO, Hudson, MI -- the catastrophe continues
-- with 16 new violations cited by DEQ since January, including 5 unlawful
discharges to Bean Creek Watershed. For months, we've seen continuing, multiple,
repeated violations, discharges from the production areas, discharges from
field application, carelessness with waste, carelessness with fuel, stench
and emissions from liquid manure spray-irrigation (no crop in sight). Many
lagoons at the facilities are over-full, leachate pits have repeatedly overflowed.
liquid waste is being applied on saturated ground. Roads are ripped, rutted,
as tankers haul excess waste to a "satellite" lagoon, hastily-dug in December
wetlands. Manure spilled in "careless transfer" from a tanker to the "satellite"
pit has already discharged to the wetlands, which connect to Bean Creek.
Below is a list of Vreba-Hoff violations Jan-March, with details
from DEQ documents.
(See the full list of 219
violations from all 12 CAFOs in our area at: www.nocafos.org/violations.htm)
2007 - Vreba-Hoff cited for an unlawful dry weather discharge on
March 14, with contaminated stormwater and leachate overflowing on east side
at Dillon Hwy facility to wetlands to Durfee Creek. Freeboard violation noted
on March 15.
DEQ Post Inspection Reports (March 16 and March 20, 2007)
February-March 2007 - Vreba-Hoff cited for at least 13 violations
on Feb 26, March 1, March 5, and March 7, including 4 unlawful discharges,
3 at the Dillon Hwy facility: overflow of leachate "caused by someone
pushing out the bermed area to the east of the bunker so that leachate could
flow out"; overflow of leachate to the south to wetlands connecting
to Durfee Creek; and "careless transfer of waste to the satellite storage"
on Packard Rd causing a spill discharging to wetlands connecting to
Bean Creek. The fuel tank at that location had no secondary storage and spilled
fuel was noted during inspection. At the US-127 facility, a leachate structure
was flooding into the feed bunker area which was overflowing into the stormwater
conveyance. "It appeared that no abatement of this discharge had been attempted."
DEQ Notice Letter (March 14, 2007)
January 2007 - Vreba-Hoff cited for Jan. 10 unlawful discharge of waste
to Durfee Creek, after spray-irrigation to fields.
DEQ Post Inspection Report (January 19, 2007)