Democratic Party Informational Meetings

Kewaunee Cares  April 22, 2014

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April 10, 2014 · 10:24 am

John Hopkins Researchers Express Concerns About Rural Health

In a recent letter to Kewaunee Cares, six researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future wrote to express their concerns about some of the public health and environmental concerns associated with the generation and management of manure from intensive livestock operations.

Conclusion: For thousands of years, manure has been valued by farmers for its roles in building soil quality and increasing crop yields. Producing livestock such that they generate more manure than can be utilized by nearby cropland is not only a waste of this important resource, it is also a public health and environmental problem. A growing body of evidence has implicated the generation and management of manure from intensive livestock operations in the spread of infectious disease (including antibiotic-resistant strains), the introduction of microbial and chemical contaminants into ground and surface waters, impacts to air quality, and the wide range of adverse health, social, ecological and economic outcomes that result from these events.

Read the entire 12-page letter in the pdf file attached here: 2014-03-27 Manure from intensive livestock operations-1

 

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Citizens File Challenge to DNR Permit for Ebert Dairy Enterprises — Expanding Factory Dairy in Kewaunee County Poses Risk to Health and Groundwater

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2014

Contact:  Nancy Utesch, (920) 388-0868
                James Saul, McGillivray Westerberg & Bender LLC, (608) 310-3560
                Valerie Baron, Environmental Integrity Project, (202) 263-4442
ALGOMA, WISCONSIN—Neighbors of a large concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) have filed a petition with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) seeking review of the water pollution permit issued to Ebert Dairy Enterprises LLC in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin. The permit waives pollution monitoring requirements while allowing an expansion and the use of experimental liquid manure spray irrigation.
The petitioners are concerned that an expansion of Ebert’s industrial dairy will result in the production and land-application of massive quantities of liquid manure and other wastes that could result in runoff into area lakes and streams, and may lead to groundwater contamination.  The petitioners are particularly concerned that DNR approved Ebert’s proposal to spray-irrigate liquid manure on two nearby fields without sufficient limitations to protect public health and water quality, and without groundwater quality monitoring required by the permit. The petitionersinclude ten individuals who live near or share property lines with the various Ebert facilities or its manure application fields, and will be directly affected by its operations.
“Spray irrigation of liquid manure, which the DNR acknowledges contains 160 known pathogens, puts all of us, especially our children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems at risk,” said Lee Luft, one of the petitioners.  “This type of waste disposal is unproven and irresponsible, especially since DNR has waived groundwater monitoring requirements.”
“Our customers increasingly complain of liquid manure odors, poor road conditions and algae-covered beaches,” said petitioner Robyn Mulhaney who, along with petitioner Susan Connor, owns The Flying Pig Gallery & Greenspace in Algoma.  “The expansion of Ebert’s Dairy, and especially its proposal to spray-irrigate liquid manure in our community, will further harm our business and will drive travelers around Kewaunee County, not through it.”
The petition, filed with the DNR on March 7, 2014, seeks review of various terms and conditions of the Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) permit issued to Ebert Dairy Enterprises on January 8, 2014.  The dairy recently expanded by purchasing the Duescher Farms CAFO in Kewaunee, and DNR’s permit authorizes yet another expansion.  If the permit is upheld, by 2017 Ebert will generate and dispose of more than 55 million gallons of untreated liquid manure and wastewater each year.  Ebert operates a main facility on County Highway D in Algoma, and a heifer facility on CTH K in Kewaunee.

The petitioners are represented by the Madison law firm of McGillivray Westerberg & Bender LLC and the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Integrity Project

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Spray irrigation spreads more than manure

A recent guest column in the Green Bay Press Gazette sheds light on some of the health risks from spreading liquid manure via the spray irrigation method. Please read the link below:

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20140227/GPG06/302270419/Nancy-Utesch-column-Spray-irrigation-spreads-more-than-simple-manure?nclick_check=1

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Sustain Rural Wisconsin Sends Appeal to Department of Health to Ban Aerial Manure Spraying

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Read the entire letter at the link provided.

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Blog shares views on upcoming hearing

The Political Environment’s recent blog post references several media stories discussing the Kinnard expansion permit contested hearing set for Feb. 11-13 in Green Bay. Read more at: http://thepoliticalenvironment.blogspot.com/2014/02/dairy-expansions-groundwater-de.html

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The Air We Share

Here are links to several articles on rural air quality that you might find interesting.

MRSA Infection near Mega Farms
Air Pollution- Availability of Information about Air Borne Hazardous releases from Animal Feeding Operations
Ammonia Emissions
Aerosol spreading linked to PRRS Breaks

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