- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)46
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)3
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Man accused of pointing BB gun at Chaffee resident (04/26/16)2
Superfund status for our farms?
To the editor:
Times Beach and Love Canal are often remembered as two of the worst toxic-waste sites in U.S. history. Our nation's livestock and poultry farms could be listed among them if a federal district court rules that animal manure is a hazardous substance.
The Oklahoma attorney general has filed suit against poultry integrators claiming that animal manure and its components are hazardous substances and should be regulated under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, better known as Superfund. This federal law was enacted to provide for the cleanup of industrial toxic waste sites. It was never intended to apply to the farms where livestock and poultry are raised or the fields, pastures, yards and gardens where animal manure is spread as a natural fertilizer.
Agricultural operations are already regulated under the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and other federal and state laws. Subjecting nearly every farm and ranch -- large and small -- to liabilities and penalties under the Superfund law is not warranted and is yet another attack on family farmers and animal agriculture.
U.S. senators Kit Bond and Jim Talent have joined a bipartisan group of legislators in cosponsoring a bill to clarify that Superfund law does not apply to animal manure. I hope other congressional leaders use common sense and support this legislation too. If Congress fails to act and the federal court rules against agriculture, the livelihood of farm and ranch families as well as our nation's livestock industry will be in jeopardy.
CHARLES E. KRUSE, President, Missouri Farm Bureau, Jefferson City, Mo.