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Hog farms' waste poses a threat Pollution: Pennsylvania, which has failed to enforce laws to protect the Chesapeake, wants more huge pig farms even though the manure could foul the bay.

On The Bay

January 01, 1999|By Tom Horton and SUN STAFF

Nothing in federal or state proposals would ensure that the proliferation of CAFOs won't add significantly to an already excessive pollution burden on the Chesapeake.

Timetables for action stretch to 2013, and far too much is left to voluntary action and self-regulation.

It is a perilous time for the bay, because Pennsylvania is rolling out the red carpet as more states are waking up and saying no to CAFOs.

It is an outrage that has little to do with sustaining family farms and rural economies, and much to do with the convenience of big meatpackers and feed companies.

"There are good alternatives," Martha Noble of the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition said in Frostburg. "We've got plenty of people in the Midwest producing hogs at lower cost, environmentally sound, putting more jobs and money into their communities" than CAFOs do.

It is beyond me to see how either the Environmental Protection Agency or Pennsylvania can pursue the current course and say they are restoring the Chesapeake Bay.

Pub Date: 1/01/99

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