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·         IA: Opponents to proposed hog confinements rally in Nevada

·         MN: Proposed new hog farm sparks controversy in Southeastern Minnesota

·         OR: Hog farm in Ashland raises concern over water and air quality



Opponents to proposed hog confinements rally in Nevada


By Laura Carlson, Ames Tribune (IA)

Dec 4, 2018


Scott, Kyle, and Eric Henry, owners of LongView Pork, LLC have applied for three permits with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to build separately located hog confinements in Story County just north of Nevada. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (ICCI) scheduled a community planning meeting in Nevada Tuesday evening to organize an effort to stop these permits from issuance.


The Story County Board of Supervisors may a recommendation to refuse or accept the permits, but the final decision remains with the DNR.


The community meeting was held at the Nevada Public Library, where attendees introduced themselves and voiced personal reasons for attending the meeting. Nearly 100 citizens from Ames, Nevada, and rural areas were in attendance. Many mentioned concerns regarding the Master Matrix itself, some openly commenting that the system itself should be eliminated. Other comments regarded concern with air and water quality and manure management in the permit areas. “I’m concerned about the quality of life,” was a common statement during introductions.


“I ran for county supervisor because I saw the (Story County) Supervisors not do everything they could do to stop the Bakken Pipeline, so I’m here to make sure we do everything we can to resist this,” said Linda Murken, newly elected Story County supervisor.


Concern about the quality of water was a shared sentiment. “I’m concerned with anything that has to do with quality of life. My wife and I will not be building a new house on our family Century Farm site as a result of this,” said Ted Rasmusson, recently elected Story County treasurer.


Adam Mason, ICCI member and organizer for just over 12 years, introduced ICCI as a local organization working to give Iowans a voice.


Residents currently living near the proposed hog confinements spoke about their personal experiences with large farms. “In order to get a change, it starts with us, we have to use our voices. It starts with us,” Deb Thompson, a woman who lives near a current hog confinement site and near a proposed new farm site.


Mason added, “Three confinement sites, each housing 5,000 hogs, will cycle about three times a year, 3.8 million gallons of liquid manure will be generated. A hog creates about 2.5 times the waste of a human. This gets dumped untreated on farm fields.”


Manure management plans vary how many acres are needed to spread the manure.


Attendees received a handout with copies of an article titled The Health Effects of Air Emissions from Confined Animal Feeding Operations by Ted Schettler of the Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN). The SEHN was founded in 1994 by organizations concerned with potential misuse of science that may fail to protect the environment and human health. SEHN representative Carolyn Raffensperger, Ames, spoke to the crowd about the handout. “It is a virtual organization, all of this is online,” explained Raffensperger.


Details shared at the meeting included a projection of increased rates of asthma, increased hospitalizations, and increased absence from work and school due to air quality and environmental issues. Also mentioned was the financial cost to people and the health care system in areas with CAFOs. “If you live within two miles of a site, home and property values can go down 30 percent,” said Mason.


“The ideal place to put a factory farm is nowhere, if you ask me,” Mason said.


“The Master Matrix was written to keep the factory farms protected,” said Mason. “Your supervisors can recommend to approve or not to approve the matrix. That is why we want to attend the hearing next week,” Mason said to the crowd. “The rules have been written to favor the factory farms. With the Master Matrix, you (the farmer) fill out your own answers, you grade it yourself, and you don’t have to score better than 50 percent. They get points for a driveway and a roof on the building. Is that a test you want? We need the Supervisors to take off points so the DNR will refuse the permits.”


ICCI representatives stated they don’t agree...





Proposed new hog farm sparks controversy in Southeastern Minnesota


FOX 47 (MN)

December 4, 2018


MABEL, Minn. (FOX 47) – Controversy sparked in Newberg Township continues Tuesday night over a proposed hog farm near Mabel.


Catalpa AG swine facility is proposing a nearly 5,000 animal farm, a farm that could produce up to 9 million gallons of manure each year.


The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) held a public information meeting Tuesday night, presenting the results of an environmental investigation for the proposed site.


Hundreds of people were in attendance to hear what they had to say and voice their opinions. MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine made the trip from Saint Paul to hear concerns.


“This hog lot would produce overnight the equivalent 50,000 people’s worth of manure, sewage, raw pig sewage and that will all get spread on acres around I mean that in my opinion requires, that’s the potential for significant environmental affect right there,” said pasture hog farmer, Dayna Burtness.


The MPCA study of the farm shows there’s no evidence of sinkholes that might lead to manure leaks.


However, the agency also says Southeastern Minnesota is a vulnerable karst landscape, meaning waste from the farm could more easily seep into ground water than in other regions.


Many are urging the MPCA to conduct an environmental impact statement (EIS).


Three individual parties – one of which is a retired geophysicist and earth science professor – conducted their own investigations – which differed from the MPCA’s and show significant environmental implications with the proposed lot.


“These three, the thing that stands out to me, is who are we gonna believe, the firm that’s being paid by the proposer? Or are we gonna believe the three independent experts who have no skin in the game and are just doing this because it’s their area of expertise?” continued Burtness.


The agency has until Dec. 31 to decide whether or not an EIS is necessary.


Written comments...


more, including photos, video report [1:31 min.]



Hog farm in Ashland raises concern over water and air quality


Blakely McHugh, KOBI-TV NBC5/KOTI-TV NBC2 (OR)

December 4, 2018


ASHLAND, Ore. — Residents of Ashland received a tentative permit from the Jackson County Planning Department for a new hog farm and slaughterhouse in Ashland on November 27th. Since then, residents have started a GoFundMe page to appeal the permit.


The location of the farm, Uproot Ashland, sits on top of a hillside in Ashland. On the bottom of the hillside are homes, waterways and other farms.


Residents below and surrounding the farm are concerned that the land will be susceptible to soil erosion and runoff. They’re worried the runoff would go into Talent Irrigation District waterways, which sits below the farm, as well as other waterways residents use for drinking water.


“In this particular location above everyone else farms, houses, businesses, water supplies, it has the potential to effect a whole lot of people,” said Denise Krause, an Ashland resident.


Uproot Ashland, however, says they’re doing everything they can to make sure residents are protected.


“Ultimately we want the same thing, we want clean water and we want clean food, and I think we can achieve both of those needs,” Krista Vegter, Co-owner of Uproot Ashland, said.


In a statement released on Facebook about the concerns, the owners, Krista Vegter and Sonia Consani, said...


more, including video report [1:48 min.]