Do you think it doesn’t really matter if environmental and public health agency budgets are cut again? They seem to keep on managing with what they have, right? They keep just absorbing the cuts, time after time. But that’s because most of us don’t live next to an environmental and public health tragedy all day every day and night, that we cannot escape.
Most of us are enjoying the coming of autumn, watching leaves fall, feeling the air’s chill in the evening, watching that incredible equinox light, trying to get outside as much as we can, to squeeze in bike rides and long walks, raking leaves, carving pumpkins, cleaning out gardens, planting mums, and new bulbs and shrubs for spring.
But some Michiganders can’t spend more than a few minutes outside their homes because the stench from manure on the field next to their house will knock them down. It makes their eyes water, their throats burn, and it just stinks incredibly all the live long day and night.
Please take a look at http://www.nocafos.org/stench.htm. Please take a look at this selection of posts on the site, these are just the entries for SEPTEMBER 2007 (I added color for emphasis.) Know that further cuts means that Michigan has made a willful decision to just sacrifice these places, to just give them over to these so-called “bad apples”. Know what? There are areas like this all over Michigan, they’re just not all as well documented.
Sept 24 - Hartland Farms
spraying all over the place: at Dowling and M-34 AGAIN (see July
13, July 25-26). Awful emissions downwind.
Sept 22-24 - massive manure hauling, silage hauling along US-127 by Vreba-Hoff, stirs up clouds of fine particulates, fecal dust, stench for many square miles. The CAFO facility is shrouded in dust. Temp is near 90 on Monday, dry weather. Semis & tankers & manure-haulers barreling fast, back and forth on dusty dirt roads to the US-127 facility--industrial trucking--causes serious air pollution. No one monitors the particulates. Neighbors have been breathing foul dust and particulates, day after day.
Sept 22-23 - Bakerlads surface applying liquid waste at
the northwest corner of
Sept 22 - Hartland Farms spreading starting at
11:30am north of
Sept 19-22 - Bleich Farms applying along US-127 makes
driving by a breathing hazard. Also Marvin Farms along
Sept 15 - stench from Hartland Farms
application north of
Water Sentinels Project