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Which is more important: economics or the environment? As new

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Pollution Control Series

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uk canada goose outlet We begin our series of canada goose outlet reports with an issue that’s received canada goose outlet in montreal a lot of attention recently. Opponents of large livestock feedlots say the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has ignored health problems created by those operations. They’re especially concerned with air pollution. This spring, for the first time, the MPCA documented hydrogen sulfide emissions from a hog canada goose outlet kokemuksia farm which violated state law. Opponents call it vindication, but wonder if the MPCA will take vigorous action to bring the feedlot into compliance. uk canada goose outlet

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Canada Goose sale Jansen lives a little more than a mile from two ValAdCo sites and says when the wind blows her way feedlot gases make her home practically unlivable. To back up her claim, she and friends bought the air analyzer two years ago. They routinely found hydrogen sulfide levels which violate state standards. Those findings were a major reason the legislature and the MPCA decided to act on feedlot air quality questions. canada goose jacket outlet uk She applauds the MPCA’s conclusion that ValAdCo violated state air pollution laws, but wonders when the air in her house will improve. But it’s only under the circumstances of imminent threat to the public health. Canada Goose sale

uk canada goose Jansen and others say feedlot emissions cause an assortment of medical problems: headaches, sore throats, nausea. State health officials say hydrogen sulfide levels observed near feedlots are a concern, but not an immediate health threat. State law gives the MPCA leeway in dealing with problem feedlots, saying only the agency must «take appropriate actions necessary to ensure compliance.» No timelines are recommended or required. The MPCA’s Sandusky says the agency will move with «all due speed» to bring ValAdCo into compliance. He says the agency and the hog canada goose outlet store uk company will negotiate an agreement to solve the air quality problem. uk canada goose

Sandusky: There’s a schedule of compliance that’s part of that agreement, with specific dates for corrective action. Those dates and that schedule will be tied to stipulated penalties for failure to meet the corrective action dates. So the company will have every reason to try to meet the corrective actions that are laid forth in that agreement.

canada goose clearance The president of ValAdCo says he’ll bring the company into compliance as quickly as possible. Bill O’Hare says there are several possible solutions, including use of bacteria to reduce hydrogen sulfide levels, or placing a new lid over the manure lagoon. The company has already spent $250,000 on the problem, that cost along with the threat of a substantial fine for violating state air standards is a threat to ValAdCo’s financial well being. All of this comes at a time when the price for hogs is less than it costs canada goose shop uk to produce them. Still canada goose outlet near me O’Hare is confident. canada goose clearance

canada goose uk outlet O’Hare: They are a lot of neat things happening with our canada goose outlet hong kong company. Unfortunately, we’ve got bad hog prices and a violation from MPCA, but we’ll get through it. It’ll be good for our company. canada goose uk outlet

Keeping a close eye on ValAdCo will be Julie Jansen and her air analyzer. She’s been in this fight three years, and says she’s been shunned, called names and nearly run over by people angry with her feedlot campaign. She remembers one incident when she took DFL governor candidate Mark Dayton on a feedlot tour. An angry farmer came up to then and told Dayton what he thought of Jansen.

cheap canada goose uk Jansen: I went to town yesterday and I had about 50 people wave to me that have probably looked down at the sidewalk and pretended they didn’t see me for three years. It’s just nice to be www.cheapcanadagoose.com able to say, «I told you so.» I’m hoping people look at me more as the honest person I am, instead of the crackpot they thought I was. cheap canada goose uk

canada goose coats Feedlot opponents like Jansen often say the MPCA seems to be more interested in making sure livestock companies stay in business than they are in protecting citizens from pollution. The MPCA’s Mike Sandusky says that viewpoint comes from public confusion over what a regulatory agency does. He says canada goose outlet online store review the MPCA’s job is to correct problems in a way that will survive legal challenges and satisfy the public’s desire for action canada goose coats.

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