NRDC and the Network Release "Cesspools
NRDC and the Clean Water Network continued to document the clean water
and public health nightmares created by lagoons and spray fields at concentrated
animal feeding operations (CAFOs) with their July 24th, 2001 release of
"Cesspools of Shame". Many thanks to feedlots workgroup
members who helped to release this report to their state and local press,
and are educating their elected officials on the environmental and public
health atrocities caused by CAFOs with this new tool.
"Cesspools of Shame" focuses on the environmental and public
health violations of six of the largest multi-million dollar companies
that own or control factory farms, details the clean water and public
health effects of lagoons and spray field systems, and offers alternative
solutions to CAFOs as well as federal policy recommendations. To
view the report, go to http://www.nrdc.org/water/pollution/cesspools/cessinx.asp.
A limited number of free hard copies are available to Network members.
Please e-mail the Feedlots Coordinator, Melanie Shepherdson Flynn with
NRDC, at [email protected] or 202-289-2393
to order your free copy today!
Next Steps on CAFO Regulations
"Cesspools of Shame" came out just before the closing of the
comment period on EPA's proposed CAFO regulations. The proposed
regulations do not ban manure lagoons though lagoons continue to be one
of the largest threats to environmental and public health at CAFOs.
Thank you to all Network members who sent in their own extensive comments
to EPA, signed onto the Network's sign-on letter, or took action via our
Legislative Action Center on our web site at www.cwn.org.
As you may know, under an NRDC consent decree EPA must finalize the CAFO
regulations by December 2002.