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4/15/2014 7:40:00 AM
Letters to the editor: Hog farm a stinky proposition for Sandy Creek, Illinois River

Live Stock Management Facility, an Iowa LLC CAFO, is proposed to be built in Marshall County, directly adjacent to Big Sandy Creek.

The slurry, concentrated raw sewage, from roughly 20,000 hogs (7,560 animals over 55 pounds and 12,000 under that weight according to the updated application) will then be applied to adjacent fields. Miscalculation of application rates, leakage or flooding would cause devastating results for the Sandy Creek, its community and eventually impact the Illinois River.  

Illinois has been targeted by the  Environmental Protection Agency as having an inadequate system for regulating factory farm pollution.

“Fundamental changes to the Illinois Livestock Law are necessary and long overdue,” says Danielle Diamond, attorney for the Illinois Citizens for Clean Air & Water and executive director of the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project. “The environment and the quality of life and health of hundreds of family farmers and rural residents from across the state have been sacrificed by an unfit law favoring polluting factory farms and agribusiness interests for too long.”(Prairie Rivers Networks)

In addition, researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have found an association between living in proximity to high-density livestock production and MRSA. We would urge all citizens to do research on the negative impacts of CAFO’s.

Please help us stop this by attending The Illinois Department of Agriculture public hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17 at the Fieldcrest East Middle School gym in Wenona. 

Jamie Casolari,
rural Lostant

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Article comment by: METALWORKER

The first thing I see here is that this is not a farm. It in no way resembles a farm.

This is a factory pure and simple and should be called a factory and fall under OSHA's rules.
It's waste should be classified as pollutants and treated as toxic.
These places, weather hogs, chickens, turkeys or cattle need a new classification with a new set of regs.
Ten years ago, Hog farmers were bulldozing large pits and killing hogs to get the prices up. No money in marketing them.
I simply cannot comprehend the amount of antibiotics that will be introduced into the water table and from there into streams and rivers from this operation.
No, a farm it is not.

Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Article comment by: Jared

If you've had experience with MRSA, and many around here have, I hope we would agree that this is a really bad deal.

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