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Beebe moves to have UA monitor hog farm

Gov. Mike Beebe tells me this morning that his office has formally asked the Legislative Council to approve at its next meeting his release of $250,000 in rainy-day funds to contract with University of Arkansas specialists to intensify normal water-quality monitoring in and around the C&H Hog Farm and the Buffalo River.

Beebe confirms there has been a little resistance to this enhanced monitoring from Cargill Foods, which contracts with C&H and other area landowners, but that, essentially, he doesn’t care.

He says Cargill is not a party to the state’s dutiful consideration of how it might beef up in this case the normal ¬†regulatory oversight provided by the state Environmental Quality Department.

The normal procedure is for DEQ to do periodic checks of the Buffalo itself and to require the landowner to submit samples and stand for on-site inspections.

In this extraordinary case, Beebe says, that simply didn’t strike him as sufficient.

What these UA scientists would do is set up monitoring wells, and then keep those wells checked frequently, at points chosen by the experts above and below the Buffalo.

The idea, Beebe says, is to arm the state with plenty of authoritative scientific data should it see a need to move to restrict farm  operations to protect the Buffalo.

 

 

 

 

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  1. This is a good thing. What I’d really like to see is “60 Minutes” investigating why our ADEQ rubber stamped this so fast.

    Paula

    14 Aug 13 at 12:04 pm

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  4. Thank you Mr. Beebe!

    Now if the Legislative Branch will move to support our mutual interests we will be on a more positive path.

    Scott

    15 Aug 13 at 9:48 am

  5. John, nice pun: The State to “beef” up its case in monitoring the pork farm. Now if we could only do something about the pork stench coming out of Washington, D.C. Too bad no one wants to tackle that properly.

    Who_Got_Yur_Back

    15 Aug 13 at 11:32 am

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