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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...Read More
RALEIGH, NC - The News & Observer; BY ANNE BLYTHE firstname.lastname@example.org
A North Carolina jury awarded $50 million to neighbors of a 15,000-hog farm in Eastern North Carolina in a case being closely watched across the country by environmentalists and the hog farm industry.
The verdict, revealed late Thursday after a jury deliberated less than...Read More
April 19, 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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
The International Joint Commission, the federal agency that represents the State Department in discussions with Canada, has called on Ohio Gov. John Kasich to push for Lake Erie to be declared impaired, saying that volunteer incentives for farmers are not working.
The agency has no power over state decisions, but they become another voice calling for impairment status. Mr. Kasich, are...Read More