Club Sues Over Factory Farm Pollution
A new Bush administration rule violates the Clean Water Act by allowing large-scale livestock farms to foul the nation's waterways with animal waste, according to a lawsuit filed in March by the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Waterkeeper Alliance. Under the new rule, animal factories can continue to dump millions of gallons of liquefied manure into open pits and then spray the liquid over fields. Typically the manure runs off into nearby streams or seeps underground, polluting water with viruses, bacteria, pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, and excessive nutrients. The new rule exempts this runoff from Clean Water Act rules by calling it "agricultural stormwater." To learn more, visit www.sierraclub.org/planet/redirect/pollution.
New Yorkers, impatient for the EPA to clean up the toxics General Electric (GE) dumped in the Hudson River, are going to have to wait another year. The clean-up project, slated to start in 2005, has been pushed back to 2006. Sierra Club activists, who were instrumental in getting the EPA to hold GE accountable for its mess, are worried the foot-dragging will continue and delay the process even more. To learn more, visit www.cleanhudson.org.
North Shore Road Nears an End
On February 11, commissioners in Swain County, North Carolina, passed a resolution to accept a $52 million settlement, pending congressional approval, in lieu of construction of the North Shore Road through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Sierra Club's Tennessee and North Carolina chapters oppose the road, which would cut through the largest unroaded mountain tract in the East. For the latest information, visit www.tennessee.sierraclub.org/broome/index.htm#sos.
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