There are troubling occurrences across the state. There’s a 10-mile fish kill still under investigation near the Stone Ridge mega-dairy in McLean County. The attorney general’s office is investigating a purple discharge from the mega-dairy in Jo Daviess County. That mega-dairy has stated that they don’t recognize the USEPA’s authority to enforce the Clean Water Act.
Against this backdrop of non-compliance and polluted waterways, the USEPA continues to investigate the IEPA’s dismal enforcement and permitting record in regard to large industrial livestock operations. As citizens of Illinois, we have a constitutional right to a healthful environment. When industrial agriculture is not regulated, we lose that right—and our valuable and beautiful waterways—for us and for our children.
It is wrong for an enforcement agency to allow non-compliance. It is time for the IEPA to properly enforce the Clean Water Act, even against industrial livestock operations. Anything less has the stench of corruption.
From the Nov. 3-9, 2010 issue