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Letters to the editor 9/28/17

CAFO stands for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, a term coined by the Environmental Protection Agency. CAFOs can be categorized as small, medium or large based upon the number and type of animals confined at the operation for a total of 45 days or more in any 12 month period.
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A SICKENING STINK

This is in regards to Scott Faingold’s article titled “Humane Society takes larger role in Illinois ag” (Sept. 21). We live in Hancock County, in the small town of LaHarpe. There are several different roads leading out of town and about half of them go close to hog confinements. There are more in this county, but just around our area I know of at least eight. There are times when, if you are going somewhere, when you go by these confinements, the air is so full of their stink that you just about get sick. It really gets bad when the farmers plow their waste in the fields. And of course, this then runs off into our creeks. There really needs to be something done to stop these from popping up around here or anywhere else.

Linda Shutwell
LaHarpe



HELPLESS AGAINST THE HOG LOBBY

Thanks for running the article titled “Humane Society takes larger role in Illinois ag” by Scott Faingold on Sept. 21. We live near hog factories, and another is being planned near my home. When researching on the web, you learn so many negative concerns about them. The hog lobby leaves a citizen like me helpless in trying to protect my little piece of country.

They need to start by increasing the distance from residential homes and then addressing the environmental problems. Again, thanks for the article. Educating the public is the only way things will change for us.

Dean Butler
Farmersville



NO MORE CAFOs

First and foremost, I loved your article titled “Humane Society takes larger role in Illinois ag,” by Scott Faingold, Sept. 21. Finally the word is reaching the masses.

We, the residents and the Village of Farmersville, have been trying desperately to stop the fourth hog confinement from coming to our area. One, less than two miles away, has the largest lagoon that I-55 can smell on occasion, which we deal with daily. The newly proposed CAFO is within a mile from us, and some residences are closer or will be in between both hog confinements. Goliath is the mega money, factory operations/CAFOs, and the politicians and Big Pork. We are the lowly David.

The swine are running us out of water, and more importantly, contaminating our water and yours, since it flows to Springfield. Additionally, the CAFO is being built on mine subsidence and flooding areas as well.

Kelly Robbins
Famersville

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