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31.12.03

Pennsylvania Update

(I'm still officially on hiatus, which is why I'm posting this story two days late -- so unfortunately any Pennsylvanians reading this who have an opinion to express have probably missed their chance.)

Governor Asks For Input

... "The [Pennsylvania] Senate and House of Representatives have sent a bill to the governor that would prevent local communities from passing ordinances to regulate the land application of sewer sludge for agricultural purposes," said ACE founder Dr. Dante Picciano, Esq., Tamaqua.

"Fortunately for us, the bill does not regulate the dumping of sewer sludge in mine reclamation. The governor has indicated that he would veto the bill if enough people call his office. He has until Jan.1, 2004 in which to act. "

... The language in the bill is written so that the bill would prohibit the enactment or enforcement of any local ordinances governing "normal agricultural operations." Factory farms, or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) and the land application of biosolids are considered "normal agricultural operations" in PA.

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