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Adams County board votes to approve new CAFO despite serious flaws and omissions.
This week, the Adams County board voted to pass the building of yet another hog confinement in the county. This will make it at least 39 confinements in Adams County and 4 in the last few months.
October 11, 2018
For more information please contact: Thad King 309-337-5001
ADAMS COUNTY, IL – October 11, 2018 - Save Adams County (SAC), a coalition of local farmers and residents disagree with the board’s vote. The vote was 11-2 with 4 abstaining due to conflicts of interest and 1 voting present. This means 11 board members believe that 8 of the 8 siting criteria in the LMFA had be met. Failing to meet even 1 of the criteria would require a “NO” vote.
This is a nonbinding vote, due to a lack of local county control meaning that the decision is still up to the state of Illinois. You can still help stop this.
After the vote, 2 board members said the vote would have been different if this was a binding decision about allowing the confinement in the county versus if it met the LMFA 8 criteria.
County Line Swine’s application is NOT complete. Criteria 1 mandates that all citizens within a certain distance of the proposed location MUST be notified. This did NOT occur. Therefore, Criteria #1 IS NOT MET”. This alone should have required a mandatory “NO” vote from every board member. The law also states that all houses in the nearby vicinity must be marked and accounted for in their plan. This mandate was not met either.
Ryan Niekamp (District 2) made the motion to approve this facility and Rebecca Weed (District 2) seconded the motion.
Altogether, SAC believes that at least 6 of the 8 criteria are not met and this building should not be built. SAC also maintains that two to three of the required criteria CANNOT be and will never be met.
Extensive documentation on the specific failures to meet the criteria was submitted to all board members and to the Illinois Department of Agriculture in a timely manner. Unfortunately, the Department of Ag failed to release the detailed transcripts of the public informational meeting until the day after the board voted.
During sworn testimony under oath, Mr. Peter said he was from Loraine. He also made other false and contradictory statements. Mr. Peter is from West Point. Our residents have the right to vote for the Adams County board members… Mr. Peter does not.
After the vote, one board member said “We [Adams County residents] are going to continue to have these issues time and time again until people can get together and do something about it.”
We see that as a message for everyone to come together as a united front at the township level, at the city level and at the County Board level. Get together and do something about this. Put Resolutions for moratoriums in place on new applications until sensible changes are made to Illinois law that would protect our health and quality of life, our environment, and our properties. Other elected bodies in Illinois have already stepped up to the plate and done this and now it’s time for Adams County residents and elected officials to come together and demand change.
The final decision will come down to the Illinois Department of Agriculture who has repeatedly green lights new CAFOs despite egregious omissions in applications and failures to meet basic criteria in our law, but we will do everything in our power to stop this proposal.
For those outside of Adams County, take action before it is too late for you.
We the people must demand this change to protect our rights and our environment, our properties and our lives.
Let your representatives know you oppose County Line Swine and other CAFOs before it is too late.
To let your voice be heard, the point of contact for the Illinois Department of Agriculture is:
Doug Owens, Bureau Chief of Environmental Programs
P.O. Box 19281
Springfield, Illinois, 62794
Also, reach out to:
Representative Randy Frese
Quincy - 217-223-0833
Springfield - 217-782-8096
Senator Jill Tracy
Quincy Office - 217.223.0833
Springfield Office - 217.782.2479
By: Thad King on October 11, 2018
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