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Lawyers not honoring their commitment
Lawyers for the proposed megadairy in Nora, Ill., Jo Daviess County, are not honoring their commitment to perform dye tracing tests that would guarantee the quality of the groundwater for thousands. These tests were agreed upon between the USEPA, Department of Justice and representatives of the megadairy back in December 2011.
In the April 19 issue of the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, an attorney representing the megadairy told reporters that there is no dye tracing project under way. Neighbors of the site say the only activity seen has been the removal of building materials.
The DOJ intervened after the megadairy repeatedly refused to fully answer questionnaires provided by the USEPA. The megadairy claimed that the USEPA had no right to investigate the facility. The DOJ stepped in, so the megadairy lawyers met with the USEPA and agreed to dye tracing. The neighbors granted access to megadairy scientists in 2011 for sampling springs.
July 2012, there is still no testing. Again, the USEPA is ignored.
Thank God, on Sept. 2, 2011, the Illinois EPA denied a permit that would have allowed A.J. Bos of Bakersfield, Calif., to build 14 of the 42 acres of manure storage over the headwaters of a tributary of the Apple River.
From the July 18-24, 2012, issue