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A.J. Bos Agrees to Abandon Traditions Megadairy Project Near Nora, IL

After Five Years of Controversy, Poorly Sited Animal Factory Being Cleaned Up for Sale

Warren, Illinois – On November 15, 2012, the Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) announced a proposed settlement agreement between the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and Traditions megadairy owner/investor, A.J. Bos of Bakersfield, California. According to the terms of the settlement, Bos will abandon the site in Jo Daviess County, Illinois, where the Traditions facility was being constructed. Workers are already land-applying the remaining liquids contained in the partially constructed manure ponds and digester pit to prepare the land for sale.

“Stopping this dangerous project would not have been possible without the dedication and commitment of HOMES and their supporters.  Never before in my work in Illinois and across the country have I witnessed a community succeeding in halting the construction of an industrial livestock production facility after groundbreaking,” says Danielle Diamond, Attorney for the Illinois Citizens for Clean Air & Water and Executive Director of the Socially Responsible Agriculture Project.

This unprecedented achievement effectively ends a five-year, multi-million dollar battle between Bos and Jo Daviess County family farmers and residents, who were determined to evict the gigantic animal factory to protect their clean drinking water, clean air, and way of life. The megadairy operation was sited atop fragile karst bedrock, which could allow countless tons of waste and liquid manure to contaminate groundwater.

Click here for full story - (Link to Bos Abandons Nora Megadairy PR.pdf)

Click here for Settlement Agreement - (Link to Proposed Settlement.pdf )

 

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The Clean Water Funding Fairness Bill didn't get voted on this legislative session. Due to intensive lobbying by both Farm Bureau and State Representative Jim Sacia, there weren't enough Yes votes confirmed in time to call a vote before the end of the session.

 

This fee would only apply to CAFOs that had a history of illegal discharges, and not family farms.

 

House Amendment 1 to S.B. 1682 will protect clean water by ensuring that factory farms—or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)—fund their share of Illinois's Clean Water Act rather than shifting their costs to other industries or taxpayers.

Currently all pollution dischargers, from the largest industries to the smallest villages, have to pay an annual permit fee, except for CAFOs.

Despite the massive wastes generated by CAFOs, and their terrible record of environmental damage, including fish kills, CAFOs have been exempt from paying their fair share of the costs associated with monitoring and preventing pollution discharges.

This bill will not affect traditional family farms and will only require the largest polluting animal factories to pay their fair share of monitoring expenses.
The Illinois EPA will use these fees to employ agents that will monitor these large CAFOs.

This bill is endorsed by the Illinois EPA, the Illinois Association of Wastewater Agencies, and numerous state environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, Environment Illinois, and the Illinois Environmental Council.

 

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