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Toledo Mayor goes after Farm Bureau and Legislature at Algae Conference

May 2, 2018

Tom Henry, Toledo Blade

ANN ARBOR  — The second and final day of an algae conference here attended by many Great Lakes scientists and policy experts began with some strong accusations by Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz about the agricultural lobby’s influence on state legislators.

“We live in a state where our legislature is a wholly owned subsidiary of the farm bureau,” Mayor...

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Are farmers’ profits more important than our water? Michigan Radio

May 1, 2018

Jack Lessenberry, Michigan Radio

Last week, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced that efforts to decrease those potentially toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie aren’t working. When I read that, let’s say I wasn’t exactly surprised. I moderated a large forum on this subject in Tontogany, Ohio last year.

I came away realizing that the problem was far worse than I...

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Kent County dairy CAFO pipeline spills manure into river, MLive

May 1, 2018

FREEPORT, MI -- Between 5,000 and 10,000 gallons of liquid cow manure spilled into a tributary of the Coldwater River when a dairy farm pipeline malfunctioned, according to state regulators.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is investigating the agriculture spill, which was discovered Monday, April 30, between 10-11 a.m., according to the dairy farm owner where the spill occurred.

Anglers notified...

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Stench compensation: Jury awards hog farm neighbors $50 million (NC)

April 30, 2018

The verdict, revealed late Thursday after a jury deliberated less than...

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LAKE ADVOCATES — OHIO EPA IS “WHOLLY-OWNED SUBSIDARY OF THE FARM BUREAU”

April 20, 2018

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LAKE ADVOCATES: OHIO EPA IS A “WHOLLY-OWNED SUBSIDARY OF THE FARM BUREAU”

“Farm Bureau failed in federal court to protect the polluters of Chesapeake Bay, but the Bureau’s loyal agents in Ohio...

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What will Lake Erie’s impairment mean for northwest Ohio?

March 25, 2018

By Tom Henry, Toledo Blade

Though hailed as a rare victory for environmentalists, the Kasich administration’s reversal on the western Lake Erie impairment issue is only a “key first step” in litigation that may keep the state of Ohio tied up in court for years over cleanup strategies, according to the Chicago-based legal advocacy group that forced the administration’s hand on the...

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Kasich declares Lake Erie’ Open Waters Impaired (Toledo Blade)

March 22, 2018

The Kasich administration — after years of resistance on behalf of agriculture — announced Thursday it has reversed itself on northwest Ohio’s arguably most contentious water-policy issue and will declare the open waters of western Lake Erie as impaired.

Although details of the impairment designation are still to be worked out, it will invariably mean tighter rules for agriculture and others...

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LAKE ADVOCATES RETURN TO FEDERAL COURT FOR IMPAIRED STATUS

January 31, 2018

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It’s Pigs versus Pure Michigan – a Few Miles from Lake Michigan

January 23, 2018

Great Lakes Now 1/22/2018


The push and pull between Michigan’s growing agriculture industry and the need to protect drinking water, beach recreation and tourism continues to play out, evidenced by a request to establish a factory pig farm a few miles from Lake Michigan. 

The proposed Marsh Swine farm near Montague, Michigan would house 4,000 pigs in a facility...

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Federal EPA reverses course on ‘voluntary’ algae reduction plan – Toledo Blade

January 17, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reversed itself on the western Lake Erie impairment issue, admitting it was wrong to approve a Kasich administration plan that relied on voluntary action to reduce algae-inducing runoff.

The federal agency said in a Jan. 12 letter to Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler it has reevaluated Ohio’s Oct. 20, 2016, submission, which did not recommend an impairment...

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