Factory farms are exempt from paying for pollution

Only Polluters Pay,” sounds fair, right?

Currently, factory farms are the only industry in Illinois that are exempt from paying Clean Water Act permit fees, which actually fund the state’s regulatory program. Instead, the costs to regulate factory farms are paid by other industries and taxpayers.

“Others Pay for Pollution,” sounds unfair, right?

Given the costs polluting factory farms create, the existing permit fee exemption is unfair. Ask your legislators to support the Clean Water Fairness Bill (S.B. 1682), which would do away with the factory farm fee exemption. The passing of this bill would only require known polluters to pay.

Local municipalities are not allowed to decide where new factory farms are built. Since the Department of Agriculture’s job is to promote livestock production in Illinois, and has all the power, citizens and their public officials have lost their local control and are unable to protect their health and property.

It is time for citizens to tell policymakers that a new law needs to be enacted to give back their local control. Citizens have every right to protect their air and water.

Clean Water Funding Fairness Bill (S.B. 1682) — “Only Polluters Pay.”

Susan Turner
Warren, Ill.

From the Oct. 12-18, 2011, issue

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