To the Editor: Protect us from pollution — support H.B. 5637

March 12, 2014
Pen-Letter

H.B. 5637 allows citizens and county boards the ability to call for hearings, veto power on the siting of factory farms, increase setbacks, rid expansion loopholes, create meaningful siting criteria, make facilities submit manure management and spill control/prevention plans, and allow citizens to enforce provision of the Livestock Management Facilities Act if the Department of Agriculture fails to do so.

This bill is necessary to protect neighbors and the environment from the negative impacts of industrial livestock farms. Under the representation of Jim Sacia, my county board and their vote AGAINST the poorly sited and engineered Traditions’ mega dairy, was not recognized or upheld. We, as citizens, were counting on our county board and state rep to protect our aquifer from 250,000 gallons of liquid manure stored in more than 43 acres of uncovered manure ponds. 80,000 gallons of liquid manure would be seeping through a clay liner, over fractured bedrock, on a daily basis.
By empowering citizens with more rights under the law and by providing county boards with a level of local control allowing them to turn down factory farm proposals if they are not appropriate for the community, the proper checks and balances will be in place for our protection. Please ask your state representative to support H.B. 5637.

Susan Turner
Founding member
Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water, Warren, Ill.

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