Hogs, Hogs, Everywhere Hogs
October 1, 2003
In Iowa, the Sierra Club joined forces with the National Farmers Union to support a Worth County ordinance that restricts feedlot pollution, but that was challenged in a lower court by farm groups. The Sierra Club and Farmers Union filed a friend of the court brief and commended the county for its efforts to protect its communities.
In Nebraska, Sierra Club activists organized to preserve family farms and to stop the influx of mega-farms into the eastern part of the state. The group generated over 450 written comments objecting to a proposed 25,000 hog operation in Platte County. Unfortunately, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality issued the permit despite the public outcry. The Sierra Club stepped in and filed suit against Nebraska in an effort to reopen the public comment period and support mounting opposition to the facility.
Details and Documents:
"The Smell of Success: Hog farms stink. But the neighbors are rising up"
By Dirk Johnson and Vince Kuppig
Newsweek, July 12, 2004 Issue
"A Search for Pearls of Wisdom in the Matter of Swine"
By Felicity Barringer
New York Times, Published July 7, 2004
See other "Safeguarding Communities" cases.