To the editor:
Fifteen thousand new hogs are slated to be downwind from homes, schools and businesses near many of our Story County citizens…producing about four million gallons of toxic, liquid manure!
That’s what folks near Nevada have in their Xmas stockings this year.
Does Story County need more CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations)? Story County, Iowa’s third fastest-growing county, currently has 34!
The waste from factory farms carries drug-resistant bacteria, parasites, viruses, other bacteria, and along with fertilizers and pesticides, is damaging our water, our soil and, YES, our health!
The raw sewage which is stored — and is cooking/decomposing — in pits under the buildings, produces methane, hydrogen sulfide, ammonia and other toxins. The confinements’ ventilating fans blow the poisons into the air 24/7. Should they stop operating, the pigs will die. This should have serious concerns for humans, right?
Add to our anxiety: Swine waste carries more than 100 pathogens, and can cause human illness and disease…such as asthma, bronchitis, neurological damage and chronic respiratory illness. Nitrate concentrations in drinking water are linked to cancers, ‘blue-babies’ and thyroid problems.
Our communities bear the brunt of these CAFO sites, with degraded air quality, swarms of flies, lowered property values and water unfit to fish in, swim in or drink.
Don’t forget: This affects our recreational waters and wildlife, too!
The damage to our health and to the habitability of Story County communities is self-inflicted. We don’t have to approve the three new additional CAFO applications. Stand up! Speak out!
Attend the supervisor’s public hearing Tuesday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m. in the Nevada County Administration Building, second floor meeting room. Can’t be there? Email your concerns to the Board of Supervisors: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.