Editorial: Pork industry and legislature danced around the enforcement issue.

US - Don Butler, spokesman for pork producer Murphy-Brown, may be mostly right. If mega-farm operators and their employers were perfect and we never had any more dreadful weather or equipment failures, the majority of the cesspool-and-sprayfield “disposal“ systems in our state probably would do what they were designed to do — deliver hog waste to fields, where nature would then determine what became of it.
calendar icon 21 July 2006
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He may be right in his insistence that the airborne ammonia linked to those terrible odors that impertinently drift far beyond the official setbacks and buffers doesn’t actually threaten anyone’s health. Maybe the evidence is, as he argues, wrong. Maybe the only issues are saturated fields, runoff, stench, the inadequacy of setbacks and buffers, and a few other things.

He, Murphy-Brown and parent company Smithfield Foods may be earnestly committed to continuing the search for painless, low-cost alternatives to what they plainly expect to be allowed to go on doing, come health or high water. So we can’t accuse Butler of merely defending the status quo.

Source: Fayettevile Online

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