Citizens to protest proposed factory hog farm at McDonough County public hearing
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A plan to build an industrial-scale concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) that will house thousands of hogs will be considered by the McDonough County Board on Tuesday, July 12, 2011. The proposal is of great concern to the local community, experts, and environmental and public health advocates.
The public hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Sandburg Theatre at the University Union at Western Illinois University.
The Shamrock Acres, LLC hog facility is being proposed by Professional Swine Management, a company with a serious track record of other polluting CAFOs in Illinois. Local area residents are concerned that the facility will have a disastrous impact on their way of life. The facility is to be located near a daycare for young children, a regularly frequented park, nature trails, and tourist areas.
Large-scale livestock factories and waste application sites routinely release bacteria, viruses, and hundreds of toxic pollutants into the environment, opponents say.
Peer reviewed research demonstrates that children, elderly, and immune compromised individuals are most susceptible to illness from such pollution.
The community is also concerned about the history of CAFOs causing property value decline and diminished quality of life due to dangerous gases, odors and particulates, as well as negative impacts to the surrounding watershed and roadways.
A unanimous resolution has already been passed by Eldorado Township, stating that they are opposed to any facility that would house over 1,000 animals.
For more information about the proposed Shamrock Acres, LLC factory hog farm, please visit the Rural Residents for Responsible Agriculture (RRRA) website at ruralresidentsforresponsibleagriculture.com.
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