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E-M:/ CAFO Secrecy



Senator Van Woerkam wants to put the Michigan Agricultural
Assurance Program (MAEAP) into state law with Senate Bill 504 under
Part 82 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection
Act.  

However, this means that  information on MAEAP activities, nutrient management
plans, verification, etc. carried out by MAEAP staff from the
Department of Agriculture become subject to a current
secrecy provision in existing law at:

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(pcbklhzcldfyegukk52drk45))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=mcl-324-8207&highlight=natural%20AND%20resources%20AND%20environmental%20AND%20protection

This provision then means that everything that goes on in MAEAP verification
and evaluation of conservation practices and best management plans at
CAFOs that don't have a permit becomes secret.   Citizens would
be unable to get any such information from the Michigan Department of
Agriculture.   Anything the MDEQ did under the authority at new provisions of Senate Bill 504
at section 8201 and beyond would similarly be exempt from public disclosure.

This is just one example of what is at stake in the proposed legislation.

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