Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Newspaper Article on our Township Meeting

This was just posted on The Vernon County Broadcaster's webpage.

Town of Franklin residents to seek EIS if CAFO locates in their municipality
by Matt Johnson, matt.johnson@lee.net
Residents of the town of Franklin attending the town's annual meeting Tuesday night overwhelmingly passed a motion asking the town board to request an environmental impact statement (EIS) if a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) applies for permits to operate in the town limits.The motion would lead the town board to request that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources require an EIS should a CAFO apply for a WPEDS permit to operate in the town.Facilities applying for WPEDS permits must have an environmental assessment done, but it is a less comprehensive environmental study of the impacts of a CAFO on the land than an EIS.About 50 people attended the town's annual meeting, which is several times more than the number that have attended recent annual meetings.More information on the board's action will be made available later in the week.The Petry Trust of Rockford, Ill., has been seeking a site on which to place a 3,200-cow CAFO in Vernon County. It's been widely rumored that one of the sites that has been tested to be home to the CAFO is in the town of Franklin off Co. NN. Petry Trust has not confirmed this.The Vernon County Board, Tuesday, tabled a request by the county board of health to allow the board of health or the county's land and water conservation department to seek an EIS when a WPEDS permit is sought in the county.

6 comments:

Zan Asha said...

Well, good that it has at least been made public! Hopefully, this will spur on some kind of positive outcome!

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

Just sitting her shaking my head...... unbelievable.

Di

fullfreezer said...

Oh, I do hope all turns out well for you and your neighbors.
Judy

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Now You have to make it come out more in the media. The more noice You´ll make, tha less they wants to place the CAFO near You!
Christer.

ChristyACB said...

This is an opening, a small one to be sure, but you can widen it some.

Take this and forward it, along with the other information to a bitter news agency. Make it a human interest story of big corps (who are already getting bagged) coming in to small areas where they can bulldoze a small population who worked hard to get that rural life...etc.

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Unreal.