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10/15/2008288150722I don't know how I feel about it for sure. I would hope they would help the home owners around the CAFO. We have a CAFO not i mile from us and it will be producing 800,000 gallons of manure if they get their permit, which they will. For some reason epa and oda try and protect them. We have lakes where I live and the manure that runs into the creek comes into our lakes. We are going to have a lot of empty houses soon because of it. Our wells will be more contaminated. I don't care who takes over as long as they do something for the people that were here first and didn't ask for manure in their water.
Council Woman
(name omitted)
p.s. Rick Wilson with epa sure didn't do anything for us.
10/16/2008SUBJECT: Application To Administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs); Ohio
Mr. Gluckman:
Please find attached OEC's request (PDF, 2 pp, 124K) for extension of public comment periodand request for additional public hearing(s) for the above referenced revision to Ohio's NPDES program
10/16/2008289165404This is not good for the welfare of our small communities that have CAFOs in our back yard. This is another case where regulation of CAFOs were passed from EPA to ODA. Not good. They are understaffed and this is only going to make the issues worse instead of better. Deregulation is not a good thing as I'm afraid we will find out. Our communities are the ones who will suffer. Managers of CAFOs don't live here, we do! Where will our check and balances be if one agency is over all regulations of CAFOs?
10/17/2008SUBJECT: Re: Application To Administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs); Ohio
Mr. Gluckman:

One small clarification on the letter I sent yesterday. On line five of paragraph one of my letter, the paranthetical (concluding no later than January 15, 2009) is meant to read (concluding no EARLIER than January 15, 2009). Thank you again for your consideration.
10/18/2008291115341I am outraged that there should be consideration of this irresponsible abdication of Ohio EPA's mandate to protect Ohio's environment. Why carve out this very specific exception? It only benefits big business which is the very definition of a CAFO at the expense of the local communities, state and our environment, especially the beautiful Darby Creek water table and it fragile ecosystem. The proposal effectively transfers control of CAFO's to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agriculture industry and against the environment. OAG does not have the expertise, sensitivity and inclination to protect environmental concerns. In fact ,that is not it's legal mandate which is to promote agriculture. This proposal's purpose is to pave the way for approval of the Orleton Farms proposal and would transfer compliance into a body that will probably not keep a close eye on the CAFO once it is approved. OAG keeps harping about its standards of review which a re notoriously lax.

This proposal is shameful and must be defeated.
10/18/2008SUBJECT: public hearing
Dear Mr. Gluckman,

I respectfully request an extension to the comment period regarding the transfer of Clean Water Act permitting to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. This decision is without precedent and demands a most thorough study of the details involved in this transfer. I would also ask that there be an additional public hearing in the northwestern part of Ohio, since this area is home to the majority of current and proposed CAFOs in Ohio.

Thank you,
10/18/2008SUBJECT: Transfer of NPDES permitting authority to the ODA
Dear Mr. Gluckman,

Attached is a my earlier letter (PDF, 2 pp, 17K) to you stating my many reasons for denying the ODA's request to assume authority for NPDES permits.

I understand the US EPA is now considering approving this change. I have requested copies of the ODA's current OAC regulations as well as the proposed revisions in order to comply with NPDES permitting regulations.
I received a packet with 870 pages!! I have a public notice that shows that the ODA will hold a public hearing to review all of these proposed amendments on November 10th. This really doesn't give citizens much time to review this voluminous packet of information.

I would respectfully ask for an extension of the public comment period to at least 90 or 120 days. As I mentioned in my attached letter, the ODA's current program does not meet the minimum standards of the NPDES permits. The sheer volume of the ODA's information will take quite some time to investigate.

I would also respectfully ask that you consider an additional public hearing in the Northwestern Quadrant because of the four permitted dairy CAFOs in this area. May I suggest that Bowling Green might be a convenient meeting place since there are also other counties in the surrounding area with CAFOs. As you know, there is an EPA office in Bowling Green so they could possibly help set this up.

Thank you for your consideration.
Respectfully
10/22/2008SUBJECT: Transfer of Clean Water Act Dear Mr. Gluckman,

As a township trustee in northcentral Ohio I have some concerns about the transfer of Clean Water Act permitting to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Because of my concerns I am asking for an extension to the comment period regarding this proposed transfer. Where are the checks and balances in Ohio if all permitting and enforcement for CAFOs is done by the ODA?

Thank you,
11/7/2008311133633Dear Mr. Gluckman,
November 6, 2008
As a citizen of the state of Ohio I implore you to please help protect our quality of life in this fair state. To protect it not only for the present citizens, but also for the future citizens of our state, our children. Please do not let the control of the NPDES program for CAFOs be transferred from the Ohio EPA to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

CAFOs are devastating the quality of life and rights to property for rural residents of the state of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Agriculture has shown itself to be pro CAFO at the expense of the local citizens quality of life.

The negative effects of such operations, such as the contamination of air, water, soil, and foods with toxic chemicals, infectious diseases, antibiotic resistant bacteria, and E. coli 0157:h7 are well documented by such agencies as the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Government Accounting Office (GAO), University of North Carolina Medical School, The University of Iowa Medical School, and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, to list but a few. A prestigious commission funded by the Pew Charitable Trust concluded in their 2008 report, "The current industrial farm animal production system often poses unacceptable risks to public health, the environment and the welfare of the animals.... the negative effects of the system are too great and the scientific evidence is too strong to ignore. Significant changes must be implemented and must start now."

Living in the vicinity of an appropriately sized family farm is quite different than living near a CAFO with hundreds or thousands of animals. The odor, as well as the negative impact on rural quality of life, enjoyment of real property, rural economies, rural infrastructures, and appropriately sized family farms, is well documented.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has shown from its past actions that it does not have the best interests of the local rural citizens in mind when it has consistently imposed CAFOs in areas where the residents have shown themselves to not want them. The Ohio Department of Agriculture appears to prefer the interests of the CAFO operators and the industrial nature of these operations, to the well being of the citizens of Ohio.

Please take immediate action to protect the health and welfare of the present and future citizens of Ohio. Please do not let the control of the NPDES program for CAFOs be transferred from the Ohio EPA to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Please protect our rural communities. Protect Ohio's family farmers, their farmland, and the water and air quality of the state of Ohio.

What will you do to protect the present and future citizens of this fair state? What will you do to protect the children and future children of this state? What will you do to protect my children? Your prompt attention, concern, and action, will be greatly appreciated by citizens of Ohio and their children's children.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you about what actions you will implement for the protection or our children's future.

11/9/2008SUBJECT: Ohio issues
I think there should be multiple public hearings regarding the transference of the implementation CWA to ODA. Our ODA has been rubber stamping CAFOS from the get go and cannot be trusted to sheriff their operations. This whole issue is insanity...it will take away the LAST vestige of safety for our rural residents.
We are at our wits end in many communities, Please don't pull the collective rug out from underneath us.
At least be fair and hold the hearings close to the communities that are most affected so that we can attend without major hardship. Columbus is worlds away from NW Ohio.
Thank you
11/10/2008314171825Re: The state of Ohio has submitted an application to transfer control of the Clean Water Act National Pollutant Discharge System (NPDES) Program for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) over to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

Ohio Sierra Club opposes this transfer. The proposal effectively transfers control of CAFO's to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agriculture industry and against the environment. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from Ohio EPA which is legally mandated to protect Ohio's environment.

The mission of the ODA is “to provide regulatory protection to producers, agribusinesses, and the consuming public; to promote Ohio agricultural products in domestic and international markets; and to educate the citizens of Ohio about our agricultural industry.”In contrast, the OEPA identifies its mission as “protect[ing] the environment and public health by ensuring compliance with environmental laws and demonstrating leadership in environmental stewardship.” Clearly, the mission statements of ODA and OEPA reveal divergent policies.

The trend towards CAFOs is accelerating. In Ohio, CAFOs generate over 10,500,000 tons of manure per year. Concentrated livestock production leads to concentrated manure production, with few places for the manure to go. The result is that manure may be over-applied and easily run off into local rivers and streams, discharge through subsurface drainage tiles, and/or leach into groundwater.

Wildlife concerns include, but are not limited to:
Nutrients found in manure, such as phosphorus and nitrogen, tend to stimulate algae growth and deplete oxygen in water, which can be toxic to fish and aquatic life. Human health concerns include, but are not limited to:In addition to polluting surface waters, CAFOs also threaten underground sources of drinking water. Over 800,000 private water wells and approximately 40 percent of public water wells depend on Ohio's groundwater for drinking water, making factory farm contamination a serious public concern.Specifically, pathogens found in livestock manure passed along in drinking water can cause severe gastrointestinal disease and sometimes, death. Livestock manure can also carry arsenic and other toxic metal compounds, as well as antibiotics, which contribute to the significant rise in antibiotic resistance. In addition, pollution can cause nitrate contamination of drinking water supplies, which can result in methemoglobinemia in infants (blue baby syndrome), spontaneous abortions and increased incidence of stomach and esophageal cancers.

EXAMPLES OF PROGRAM DEFICIENCIES:
1. ODA does not deter noncompliance through effective enforcement. ODA's enforcement is dismal. It relies on warning letters and notices of deficiencies with limited escalation, even with repeat violators. In fact, ODA has only assessed on average one penalty per year, averaging $450.One particularly egregious example of ODA's lax enforcement policy is Buckeye Egg Farm, which has had numerous pollution incidents. In 2003, ODA allowed Ohio Fresh Eggs to purchase Buckeye Egg Farm and it has since amassed 36 ODA notices of deficiencies without a single fine being levied against it.
2. ODA places inadequate restrictions on winter manure applications. Because of the manure transfer loophole, ODA's attempt to restrict winter land application onto frozen ground is essentially nullified.
3. ODA has reduced reporting requirements.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
• Toughen up enforcement. ODA should eliminate warning letters. Penalties must provide the economic incentive to ensure compliance.
• Close the manure transfer loophole by establishing producer-based liability.
• To supplement regulation of unpermitted CAFOs, ODA should work to bring more existing facilities, such as medium-sized CAFOs, under state operating permits.
• Require annual reports for ALL facilities.
• Restrict wintertime manure transfers.
• State agencies should develop a common database to log complaints, compile environmental violations, and track compliance at CAFOs.
• Provide public access to citizens. This should include basic enforcement and compliance information. In addition, all state agencies should post their CAFO databases related to discharges and fish kills on their websites.

Thank you for your consideration,
(name omitted), Chair
Ohio Sierra Club Agriculture Committee
November 11, 2008
11/13/2008SUBJECT: Comments for Meeting in Columbus Nov 18
Matthew:
Here is a link to a 36 page report that explains why the permitting process should not be given to the ODA. I hope you will read it carefully and pass it on to all concerned.
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

Our waterways are fragile and will be exposed to a higher risk of long lasting contamination if this oversight is transferred. Please keep this under the more objective care of the EPA. In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per farm, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water. The ecological, environmental, and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendously ruinous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's irresponsible track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

I do not believe the Ohio Department of Agriculture has sufficient staff to take on additional responsibilities let alone be tasked with enforcement of another program. Aside from the fact that the Department may not be able to effectively staff such a program there is also a question as to whether enforcement could take place without any bias.

Measures need to be taken now to protect our water ways for the future. A political or cost-saving move at this time that is not in the best interest of our future, is short-sighted and does not serve the best interests of the citizenry of the State of Ohio.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

Is it really necessary to transfer responsibility for animal waste to ODA? If transfer is really necessary, wouldn't transfer to local health depts make more sense?? Animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

The change will simply have “the fox guarding the hen house.” The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

The mission of the Department of Agriculture is to promote just that. EPA is supposed to protect the environment and the population. This proposal would be akin to having the Department of Development oversee the promotion of workplace labor issues. The two goals are in conflict! Please have common sense and dump this idea! Government is weak enough! Don't water it down any more!

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

The ODA should not be given the authority to issue water pollutant permits because it's interest lie heavily in favour of agricultural financial profit rather than the welfare of the environment. Authority needs to remain with the OEPA who's job it is to protect our delicate natural resources. This transfer would be disastrous for the environment and is, frankly, a ridiculous.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

Where is Sherrod Brown on this?

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

As you know, Ohio has a number of large factory farm that generate more than 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste each, with some facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. This waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating the water that my children and I drink.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are ridiculously huge. The EPA must not give the Ohio Department of Agriculture authority to regulate water pollution. ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per year, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing the already struggling amphibians and other aquatic life, and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2 003. My cousins are farmers in Erie Co. Ohio-I have seen this live in person.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003. If Ohio needs money, start levying fines and make sure to collect them. Then perhaps the law will be obeyed better. How about it?

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

This is not the agency we want to be in charge of protecting our drinking water!

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I am tired of American citizens and our collective health getting Bushwhacked. It's time to do the job the EPA was created to do - protect our environment!

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I believe that we need not to allow the inmates to run or ruin the mental institution. If you turn over YOUR duties to the Department of Agriculture you are giving control to the very people who have a vested interest in not doing the right thing. Those who are in the pocket of the farming community. This would be a crime against the environment and what your duty is supposed to be. Do not do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

Please keep Ohio water safe and clean.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

(In regards to providing an additional hearing...see next paragraph....

I request that any hearing in the Cleveland area be held in the evening so working people can attend. )

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

It is simply a bad - to the point ludicrous, idea to give oversight to the ODA when they already have a long history of not enforcing what they are currently tasked to do

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

Just when you think the current administration can do no more harm they come up with new ways of flouting public safety.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

We citizens of Ohio deserve better protection of our environment. There
is absolutely no evidence that the ODA can do the necessary job of regulatory oversight. Prevent this bureaucratic nightmare from happening and becoming a really big stink for the citizens of Ohio!!!

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water. I live in Ohio and I know that the environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water. Managing water pollution is the EPAs responsibility. Please do not shirk this.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water. There is evidence that it is also the cause of growing dead zones in Lake Erie.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

One could easily conclude that there IS NO enforcement.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water. This amount and type of waste clearly make it's control more appropriately the mandate of the OEPA.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

Please do not turn our environment over to people who are all about the “bottom line” and how much they can steal from our state or from our country. STOP THE MADNESS NOW!!In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

Please, we cannot shy away from our duty as environmental stewards. We must allow succeeding generations (and current ones) to enjoy the natural world and resources of the state without the toxic pollution from agricultural waste. Coming from somebody living near a heavily polluted waterway (the Mahoning River), I hope that no other parts of the country are inflicted with such massive contamination.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

This appears to be a lame duck effort and decisions of this importance should not be made by soon to be outgoing administraters. In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

Those of us who are inclined to drink water are entitled to protection of our water supplies, which I do not believe we would receive from ODA, which has a dismal track record for handling infractions. ODA's enforcement is regrettably lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

Those who live near the egg farm suffer regularly from fly infestations, effluent spills, and rank disregard for quality of life. Yes, I do know from personal experience - I work near Croton.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

We live on Lake Erie and are very concerned with the rise in phosphate content in the lake and the resulting algae. The phosphate rise seems to correlate colsely with the increase in factory farms. Protection of the lake as a natural resource is most important. Europe requires sewage treatment of the waste from such farms. Ohio, and the USA, has no requirements and permits the raw waste to be spread on fields where it quickly is carried to the lake by run-off. This must be stopped.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

As a rural resident of Ohio who will be directly affected by the proposed change, I ask that you reconsider. We here in farm country support the goals of the EPA.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

I have learned that the Ohio EPA is a government authority that can be3 relied upon to protect the interests of the citizens of Ohio and the environment over the interests of businesses and pollution giants. Please do not back off from your responsibilities and obligation to continue with your job. The Ohio Department of Agriculture is not a regulatory agency and does not have your enforcement authority to protect Ohio.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

Not the best idea, guys.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

Please consider the opinions of individuals like myself.
Our environment matters to me and my children.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

Take care of your world. You have a responsibility to the people that live here and the environment.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution.
For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

The transfer would be ludicrous, especially since OEPA has the staff scientists that are capable of making water quality decisions. NO TRANSFER!!
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I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

This is absoluetly unreal... giving those whose largesse would profit to be in control of the rest. It didn't work in the banking and mortgage industry and would only be deletorious to the environment to transfer the water pollution permit to the Department of Agriculture. Again, you've got to be kidding.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

While I am sure that the folks at the ODA are very competent in their work, the job of protecting the environment is the responsibility of the OEPA. Each agency has their job and that is how it should be.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

With Ohio's No. 1 industry being agriculture, it is an inherent conflict of interest for the Department of Agriculture to oversee factory farming in the state. The nation has already seen, with e coli contamination of spinach and tomato crops in the West, what happens when farm waste gets into the water system. The sorry record of the Ag Department when viewing the Buckeye Egg fiasco should be caution enough to stop this effort. It would be like giving the Department of Commerce control over water-pollution permits for the steel industry. This is foolish and certainly not in the public interest.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

You have to know this isn't right. Don't allow this transfer of oversight to those who would exploit such power to promote their own interests. Factory farms are NOT in the best interest of the public, and such a transfer that would permit them to thrive in their nefarious endeavors would be undemocratic, to say the least. Don't be someone who history remembers as being part of the problem.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/14/2008318122716I am writing concerning the proposed rule changes to the ODA Livestock Environmental Permitting Program in order to transfer authority for the NPDES Permitting Program from the Ohio EPA to the ODA.

It is my understanding that revisions are being proposed involving O.A.C. 901:10-2-02 and OAC 901:10-2-06 (A)(10). These amendments/rescissions would be unreasonable. The LEPP rules were originally developed, reviewed and recommended by a diverse group of scientific professionals, including representatives from the ODNR, USGS, NRCS, and Ohio EPA. Unfortunately, many of these important regulations have been rescinded or revised to include “Director's discretion” over the past few years.

The ODA should not reduce or rescind any of their current regulations which protect our aquifers and floodplains in the process of attempting to obtain authority for NPDES permits.

11/14/2008SUBJECT: extension of public hearing time
I request an extension of the public comment period from 60 to at least 90 days (ending no later than 1/15/2009) on the matter of moving transfer of Clean Water Act permitting to ODA. Our area within Madison County is extremely concerned about this matter as we have one CAFO that does not follow the rules today and there is currently an application for a second CAFO with a start of 5,200 head of cattle applying currently. We do not believe that VerbaHoff has the ability or desire to follow the law and we do not hold a belief that the ODA will have the public's interest as their primary concern when reviewing the permitting. Only the EPA can hold all industries to the law and we would like an extension of time in order to allow us to review all of the documents that are available.
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer! I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

DON'T PLAY AROUND WITH OUR DRINKING WATER!

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

I am a teacher and I have taught my students about protecting watersheds. This issue is very important to me.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

I just move to Powell, Ohio, and I am concerned about the quality of the Delco water that I receive. We are surrounded by agriculture.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

If we haven't learned anything else from the economic meltdown, it's that proper oversight, by people who do not have a vested interest is vital to transparency and effective regulation.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, The Dept of Agriculture appears to continue to struggle with it's role as both the lobbiest for the factory farm industry, and at the same time try to present it self as the regulator of the industry that they are committed to promoting.One needs to look no further than Vreba-Hoff. An organization under almost countless “alias names, that currently has ammased over $230,000 in fines for countless violations at a single Hudson, Ohio facility. This is the very same Vreba-Hoff/William VanBakel that the ODA was perfectly comfortable with in grantinga permitt to install the largest milk CAFO in the state. Only because several legislators and our attorney made their decision so visible that they acquiesed to tabling the application. Factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

It is the OEPA, not the ODA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment...and for good reason.

The most pressing public issues regarding factory farms concern public health and environmental impact. The best interests of Ohio's citizenry will NOT be served by OEPA abdicating responsibility regarding factory farms.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

The impacts from factory farm pollution on our ecosystems, our whole environment and the health of Ohio citizens (and others who share our streams) is devastating and alarming. Over 10.5M tons of animal waste is created by factory farms and is greater than the amount of waste created by a mid-size city. Since the animal waste is rich in the elements that cause water pollution (i.e. nitrogen and phosphorus) it poses a major threat to clean water. Moreover, when these chemicals enter waterways, they kill fish and other aquatic life and contaminate drinking water. Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) has a dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution which must be of concern to EPA. ODA enforcement is lax in its measures to enforce compliance with the law. Since 2003, for example, Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without having a single fine levied against it.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

The transfer of oversight of farm water pollution from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to the Ohio Department of Agriculture must not be allowed to proceed. The ODA has been extremely lax in enforcing the laws controllling pollutiobn by giant agribusiness in Ohio. Clean water is one of our most valuable resources and its pollution affects the health of our citizens as well as fish and other wildlife. At a time when we need to atract business as well tourists for recreation, fishing and hunting, we can not afford to destroy the valuable resource of clean pure water.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

There needs to be Some agency other than Agriculture overseeing this sitiation. I am very concerned about the care of our water in Ohio.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

As an Ohio resident I do NOT want my waterways polluted. Factory farms must be strictly regulated; otherwise, the owners will take advantage of any opportunity to cut corners to save money. The history of the Buckeye Egg Farm is proof of the willingness to steal the fresh water from all Ohioans in order to make a profit. The ODE has demonstrated weak enforcement of the law. We Ohioans need the OEPA to continue to be our watchdog and enforce the law.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

I am new to the Sierra Club and do not claim to know all that is going on with our environment. I do not claim to be educated enough to speak about these critical issues with profound knowledge. I do know that I like to see the basic, simple sides of every issue. This one seems to be a basic tragedy....why would we do anything to harm the beauty and life that Mother Nature has provided us with. I promise that I shall learn more before taking a stand, but at the same time simply just would like to say that once it is gone, once it is polluted, once someone/something gets sick....what is next. Does it change once something so tragic happens....and will it be too late? Isn't there a time that we as humans know what is smart? Why would we/anyone want to ever jeopardize a river, an ocean, a lake, forest, a 1,000 year old tree???? One step further...another human being. When do we get sick of destroying the God given beauty? In a world where there is such negativity, ugliness, death and ultimate devastation to the world we all dream of obtaining...why harm the most innocent of positive beauty we have the opportunity to gaze upon. I would appreciate to continue waking up with a fresh glass of safe and heathly tap water, with the possibility of a wonderful day at a local water way enjoying the water life that I was meant to see, that was provided for us all to see...and ultimately continuously enjoy. We need to make the smart decision before it is too late. God do bless us all and the beauty he meant to be preserved.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per year, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

This is a last ditch, lame duck obscene gesture, probably done to guarantee private sector jobs for outgoing Bush appointees. If you do this, my only hope is to get it reversed as soon as the new administration in DC comes in. It is a short sighted, pro filth (literally) move to sidestem the authority of the EPA.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per year, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. For example, Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

We don't need any more of these polluters in Ohio.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

Here in Holmes county there are more and more factory farms; it concerns me a great deal that these farms are replacing more traditional family farms, were the family is actually owner and manager of the farm. I think the OEPA ought to uphold strict environmental standards and also advocate for organic family farming operations as a more environmentally favorable alternative factory farming operations.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I am currently a junior student at Baldwin-Wallace college doubling majoring in sustainability and studio art. More than ever, it is clear that dire consequences will result from our continued carelessness when it comes to caring for the environment. We can and need to make a difference whenever possible to make these critical changes. I really appreciate your time and would love to have your support on this issue.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I have watched a close friend deal with one of these agri”industries” AKA BIG PIG FARM. The smell is horrendous, the sewage drains into her pond and other water resources...and to no avail has she been able to get in assistance in combatting this insensitive business. They don't care about their neighbors, the environment...and if this proposal transfers any control to the agricultural industry..she will have no chance of a solution to this problem.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

It is so much the time to keep our earth as healthy as we can and not add to the problem, but to heal it. As we know, this kind of pollution affects us all, not just those close to these factory farms.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

Not only is this outrageous, there seems to be no concern for the egregious way we are treating these animals. They deserve to be treated humanely, not packed into factory farms to be tortured!

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

Our waterways need to be protected by someone that can remain completely unbiased. Someone who will look at the overall picture and do what is in the best interest of of the entire planet not just a few select groups.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

What will it take for us to learn that we can't let the fox guard the hen house.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

With the cotaminated spinish and other food products ,we have to safe gaurd our food. Letting big farms regulate themselfs will only mean ,people getting sick and our products being banned from other countries.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

At a time when strict oversight is imperative, not only for the health and well being of our citizens, but also for curbing global warming, this transfer of management is cause for deep concern.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

We need to increase the standards we hold agricultural polluters to so that we can allow our natural living bodies of water breathing room.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

Please stop making the Ohio Environmental “PROTECTION” agency a CONTRADICTION IN TERMS!! (Does (name omitted), (name omitted) and (name omitted) wring a bell? It's a mockery of public protection that those involved in this case were not prosecuted and found criminally liable for their blatant disregard for public safety!) The OEPA may find itself in another embarrassing law suit!

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

Regulators should NOT regulate themselves?

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water. My husband is a freshwater ecologist and knows only too well the profound chain of effects that water pollution has on ecosystem health. Ohio was ground-zero for awareness of water pollution issues in the 1970's (remember when Lake Erie was declared “dead” and the Cuyahoga River caught fire?). Ohio needs to be a model state for healthy water in the in the 21st century.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. I hope the EPA will consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

I cannot agree that the proposed transfer of control to the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture fits in with your mandate to protect public health and the environment.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

Ohio residents look to the OEPA to protect the us from water pollution. Most concerned citizens who talk about this issue (and even our local farmers in Northwest Ohio) recognize that the Ohio Department of Agriculture's mission and values make it the wrong body to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

WE ARE AGAINST FACTORY FARMING. IT SHOULD BE OUTLAWED IT IS CRUEL AND INHUMANE. WE ARE ALSO AGAINST ANY WASTE FROM THESE CRUEL PLACES. IT SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO POLLUTE OUR WATERS

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

It is imperative we protect our waterways from pollution. The world is already seeing water shortages. Factory farms ignore sustainable farming practices, and thus generate disproportionate amounts of animal waste. In turn, this animal waste is toxic to our precious waterways. As a dietitian, who supports local, sustainable agriculture, and an environmental chemist, we are opposed to the OEPA transferring factory farm water pollution permits to the ODA.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

Keep the PROTECTION in the department that is designed to handle it in an appropriate checks and balance system.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

Now of all times we must act smart to ensure we leave a good, safe, secure world for our children. Having the ODA oversee the OEPA is not acting smart. It will fritter away the security of the future due to the selfishness of today.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003. It is time to do the right thing.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

Transferring oversight of factory farm water quality to a body that is institutionally inclined to promote more agricultural activity is a very bad idea. Particularly in times of economic stress there will be a temptation to look the other way on public safety in favor of a possible economic gain. If we have learned anything recently its that the economic gains will be temporary or non-existent once the all the external costs of pollution and degraded public health are factored in. Please deny this transfer of authority.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

I am opposed to having the ODA do this because they do not have expertise in water pollution and regulations. The EPA must have this expertise for other water pollution sources and knows the regulations.

It would be a waste of resources to as another agency to learn this and unrealistic to expect the job to be done well if at all.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

If we acted in accordance for the good of all, all life residing upon this planet could flourish.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In the late 70s I was involved in a regional planning committee that set the parameters for NPDES permits. This type of runoff , in my area, was not thought of then and is nor the intent of the original law. Please help to keep our water safe.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

Logically, this does not make sense to transfer control from OPEA to ODA. In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

No one wants to make life more difficult for struggling businesses in this current climate of economic crisis. On the other hand, risking further environmental degradation by transferring this permit responsibility without due consideration of the consequences seems irresponsible.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/15/2008SUBJECT: Please Expand Public Participation
Dear Mr. Gluckman,

On the subject of requests for public hearings:

I would like to request an extension of at least 30 days (from 60 to 90) for public comment on the conditional approval of transfer of Clean Water Act permitting to ODA.

This decision is extremely unique, would set a nationwide precedence, and the application itself has provided a volume of information that clearly requires more time for public review.

Since a majority of the current, proposed, and future CAFO sites, are located some distance north and west of Columbus, I also believe that there should be at least one additiional public hearing held in the Northwestern Quadrant of the state after the Columbus open house.

The Clean Water Act and how CAFOs work to keep the surrounding waterways clean is a critical issue that requires not only very careful review, but full public participation by those who will be affect by any permitting.
Please expand the timeframe allotted for the public to review everything that could potential impact their quality of life.
Sincerely,
11/16/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

Factory farms are an obomination and a disgrace to America. There is no good way to deal with the massive amounts of waste created and they create health risks for everyone unfortunate enough to live near them. In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/16/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

PLEASE DO NOT LET WHAT YOU THINK IS TODAYS SOLUTION, BE TOMORROWS PROMBLEMS. IT JUST DOES NOT MAKE GOOD SENSE! THERE IS NO CHECKS & BALANCE TO THIS PROPOSED TRANSFER. I ALSO DO NOT BELIEVE IT WOULD PROTECT OHIOANS SAFETY OR OUR NATURAL RESOURCES OR BE IN ANY WAY IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PUBLIC. WE NEED TO KEEP THIS OUT OF THE HANDS OF THE ODA, IT'S JUST NOT RIGHT.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/16/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/16/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment. Sad to say, right here in Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities.

Loaded with phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution here in Ohio. These chemicals enter our waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms in Ohio are tremendous.

The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law.

Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/16/2008This comment was submitted 3 times:
Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/16/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003. PLEASE pay attention to these issues. It is my immediate environment!

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/16/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003. An agency that has the environment's best interests in mind must kee

Pwatch over the farmers and the land -- particularly where factory farms are concerned. You would think that a group of people that benefit directly from the earth's resources would be good stewards of the land, but sadly, that is not the case. Historically, farmers have taken the earth's ability to renew itself for granted and have mostly abused and exploited it. One example would be the Dustbowl Era in the 1930s. Currently, the main goal of the Department of Agriculture is to keep the business of farming profitable. They are not remotely concerned with the quality of water for the farmers' families, other current and future Ohioans, or Ohio's wildlife.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/16/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003. I strongly oppose this action.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/16/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003. The Department of Agriculture works to advance the financial interests of the large agricultural businesses. It has never had the responsibility of protecting the environment for all of the rest of us. We have both spent many years on farms before we went to college, and we know how the department of agriculture works and what they are concerned with.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/16/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003. This is the job the Environmental Protection Agency should do.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/16/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it
since 2003. More could be done to protect our waterways, our air supply, our land, and our health. You have the power to make change a reality.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/16/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is very lax! Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/16/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water. It's obvious to the casual observer that the ohio department of agriculture isn't doing it's job of levying fines against polluters, so why should we hand over more authority to the Ohio dept. of agriculture. It just doesn't make good sense.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/16/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water. THIS HAS BE STOPPED - NOW! The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003. There was a time we all felt safe just brushing the leaves from the surfaces of streams and sipping the cool, fresh, CLEAN water.

THOSE DAYS ARE GONE THANX TO DO-NOTHINGERS LIKE the members of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/16/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

As a member of the farm bureau I understand the importance of agriculture to Ohio's economy. However it is the duty of the EPA to protect the environment. If these large farms are to pollute the water, what happens to the small farmers down stream? Is not their livelyhood just as important?

To pass off your job to another would demonstate a lack of responsibility from the EPA. It is your duty and responsibility to stand up for the environment, not just ask others to regulate themselves and hope they do it. You are the law enforcers. Please continue to enforce the laws.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/16/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

It is obvious that factory farming has created more pollution than can be handled by the environment. Factory farms must include an entire cycle waste management that benefits the farming process, not endanger the residents that live nearby. Argentina has developed a cyclical system where the animals and crops are rotated on land to better control waste and pests, lower the usage of pesticides, and and improve the overall agricultural environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water. The Ohio EPA has shown in the past that they are BIASED, AND SUBJECT TO INFLUENCE OF CORPORATIONS INSTEAD OF THE HEALTH OF THE PUBLIC.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/16/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

Allowing the ODA to be the “watchdog” on this matter is showing a total lack of responsibility for the health and well-being of the environment and all who dwell therein. Please, please do extensive research on this matter before voting to allow mega farm oversight to be transfered to the ODA The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/16/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.
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I hike and bike along many Ohio streams and appreciate this natural beauty of our state. Please work to keep this unique heritage of ours. Also, to contaminate people's source of drinking water is unconscionable, as you would agree.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/17/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment. As rural Ohio resident, who gets her water from a well, a Stream Team water monitoring member, and a person with a stream running through my property, I am concerned that in Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste . Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating my drinking water. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/17/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment. Farmers use to take the manure from chickens and livestock and put it on their dormant fields and turn it over where it enriched the soil.

Start another company and process the manure and bag it and prople will buy it.. But DON'T put anything else in the water..I use to have horse and cattle and people would come in to get the manure on a weekly basis.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/17/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment. Keep this out of Ohio politician's hands - they favor the big farms!!

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources. Sincerely,
11/17/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment. Please help keep Madison County Clean and Safe. I am opposed to the ODA assuming the authority for factory farm water pollution permits. This should be the sole responsibility of the Ohio EPA.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/17/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

Recently, in the Chocataw Lake subdivision, The Ohio EPA mandated the implementation of a sanitary sewer system including the installation of a sewage treatment plant for all homes. This resulted due to the contamination of ground water as a result of the growing number of septic systems throughout the community. This project was just completed in the past few years and cost the Choctaw Lake homeowners millions of dollars. While I was in favor of this mandate as an effort to take responsibility for our environment and our community, I have concerns that the Ohio Department of Agriculture will act in the best interests of the environmental community as in the case of the Ohio EPA. The damage that a proposed Orleton Farms CAFO would pose on the community of Choctaw Lake would be irreversible and negate all of the efforts just taken to keep our community clean and safe, therefore I am strongly opposed that the water pollution permit authority be transfered to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. These affect the environment which is not the appropriate authority of the ODA. Please do not allow our environment to be compromised by the ODA several million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/17/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment. The Ohio Department of Agriculture's record of enforcement reflects little credability. Appropriately, they are spokespeople for the interests of Ohio's farmers, asking them to guard the public interest by policing the very industry they represent is very much a conflict of interest.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/17/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment. The Ohio Dept of Ag has its own agenda, and protecting our health and that of farming animals is not high on their list. Please do not insult the intelligence of the Ohio people by allowing the ODA yet more control.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/17/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment. What good are our laws if no one is enforcing them? Why should we bother?? Why should our legislators waste their time?

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/17/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

Given the limited oversight power of the ODA and their past history in defending polluting farms, I feel that they have not shown that they have the ability to protect the interests of clean water rather than just financially profitable agriculture.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/17/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

Importantly, it is not family farming that is most likely to influence ODA and benefit from this transfer of oversight, it is the factory farms. Those who live on their farms want to have healthy environmental conditions on and near their farms. Factory farms, owned by absentee landlords, are the ones inclined to abuse the environment in order to increase profits.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/17/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per year, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/17/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003. Please don't be a part of the problem by passing it on to another layer of government.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/17/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003. Our rivers and streams are among our most valuable resources. Cincinnati organizations like the Mill Creek Watershed Council have been advocating and working hard to restore the damage done to this stream. It is just one of many waterways needing protection and restoration. Please do not go backward on this.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/17/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003. What you are contemplating doing is literally inviting the wolf into the proverbial hen house!

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/17/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

Factory farm water pollution is too important to be transferred to ODA. The proper place to address this growing problem is through the Ohio Enviornmental Protection Agency (OEPA). Rural and urban citizens want to protect public health and environment throughout the state.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/17/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

Please do your job and not hand it of the the state DOA. We need an open mind and fair representation. Keep the Darby waters clean. Thank you.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/17/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The Ohio Department of Agriculture's is blatant in its disregard for enforcement. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003. Therefore, transferring this authority would be irresponsible.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/17/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.
Dear Mr. Gluckman:

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.
(name omitted)

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/17/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

FACTORY FARMING NEEDS MORE STRICT REGULATION... These companies do things the cheap and dirty way... Don't let them DESTROY THIS PLANET...
Do you want another burning river??

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/17/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

The Department of Agriculture has conflicting missions. One is to support the agriculture industry while the other is to insure food quality. When insuring food quality threatens the agricultural industry, the department has to decide WHICH mission it will betray!
This will be compounded even more by adding an “environmental” mission.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/17/2008SUBJECT: Extension of public hearing time
Hello Mr. Gluckman,

I am echoing these comments and concerns verbatim.

“I request an extension of the public comment period from 60 to at least 90 days (ending no later than 1/15/2009) on the matter of moving transfer of Clean Water Act permitting to ODA. Our area within Madison County is extremely concerned about this matter as we have one CAFO that does not follow the rules today and there is currently an application for a second CAFO with a start of 5,200 head of cattle applying currently. We do not believe that VerbaHoff has the ability or desire to follow the law and we do not hold a belief that the ODA will have the public's interest as their primary concern when reviewing the permitting. Only the EPA can hold all industries to the law and we would like an extension of time in order to allow us to review all of the documents that are available.”

I am extremely concerned that an entity like VerbaHoff has such disregard for environmental issues and their neighbors that they have multiple fines and violations and that is not an issue that prevents them from receiving blessing from the ODA to set up further opperations in my back yard. I believe as evidenced by the current economic conditions it is clear that self regulation is folly and there is an undeniable conflict of interest in allowing the ODA to issue Clean Water Act permits for CAFOs
11/17/2008SUBJECT: ODA Livestock Environmental Permitting Program
The purpose of this e-mail is to bring your attention to a troubling situation in Ohio with the Department of Agriculture's Livestock Environmental Permitting Program. As you probably know, the ODA is in the process of trying to obtain the authority to administer the National Pollutant Discharge System (NPDES) Program for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in Ohio.

The LEPP rules were originally developed, reviewed and recommended by a diverse group of scientific professionals, including representatives from the ODNR, USGS, NRCS, and Ohio EPA. That's why I'm concerned that many of these important, scientifically-based regulations have either been rescinded or revised to include “Director's discretion” over the past few years. That's also why I'm concerned that some of the proposed rules seem to have nothing to do with the NPDES delegation. Under the pretext of adding regulations to meet the requirements of the Clean Water Act, the ODA is also unexplainably reducing their current regulations that protect aquifers, floodplains, and water source protection areas.

AQUIFERS - The original LEPP regulations required twenty-five vertical feet of low permeability material, including the liner thickness, separation from an aquifer yielding one hundred gallons or more per minute sustained over twenty-four hour period. These regulations were reduced in 2005 to require fifteen vertical feet and now I see in the proposed regulations that “the manure storage pond...shall have a minimum of five vertical feet of low permeability material, between the waste placement surface and the uppermost aquifer.” Apparently, the scientific and environmental professionals thought this regulation was important when this Program was originally developed so it really concerns me that the ODA is drastically reducing these protections. It seems very questionable that the ODA would repeatedly reduce aquifer protections in order to obtain permitting authority over the NPDES Program.

FLOODPLAINS - There are currently floodplain regulations in both OAC 901:10-2-02 and 901:10-2-06. Just as the aquifer regulations I mentioned earlier appear to have nothing to do with the NPDES permitting program, these floodplain regulations also do not relate to the required NPDES delegation.
OAC 901:10-2-06 prohibits manure ponds in a 100-year floodplain unless they are built in accordance with FOUR stringent rules. I noticed in the proposed rules that the ODA moved THREE of these exceptions to 901:10-2-02 but that they very conveniently omitted ONE of these current regulations.
This rescinded regulation requires that “a manure storage pond or manure treatment lagoon with unequal length and width dimensions, the facility shall be oriented with the longest dimension parallel to the expected direction of floodwater flow.”

This manure pond orientation rule has been the basis for an ERAC appeal of one of these permits for almost two years! When we asked the ODA why they approved a manure storage pond did not comply with the orientation rule, they replied “The Director did not develop the plans and cannot explain the orientation.” They added that the manure pond is not in the floodway, therefore the flow direction will be directed perpendicular to the waterway and the pond's longer dimension is parallel to the direction of water movement.” In other words, the Director didn't design it, he couldn't explain it, but he still approved it.

Apparently, the scientific and environmental professionals thought this regulation was important when this Program was originally developed. One has to wonder WHY the ODA is going to such great lengths to approve a permit with a dairy facility and a manure pond in a 100-year floodplain instead of denying the permit because it doesn't comply with their regulations.
The reductions to these science-based regulations is extremely troubling.
Would you please investigate this situation and take any steps necessary to keep the ODA from reducing these protective rules?
Respectfully
11/18/2008This comment was submitted 819 times:
Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/18/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than

medium-sized cities. These facilites are FACTORIES and not farms. By making this change it goes against the grain of our Constitution by removing the checks and balance system that our forefathers had the insight to establish.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/18/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.
Please take action to preserve the condition of our water and other resources for the futures of our children and grandchildren. In Ohio,

factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.
The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/18/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.
The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/19/2008This comment was submitted 21 times:
Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/19/2008323113748I encourage you to stop the waste of tax money by having two departments handle basically the same thing. ODA has done a great job with the handling of the CAFO permits. As will they do a great job with control of the NPDES permit. I encourage a swift transfer of NPDES to ODA.
11/19/2008323092752PUBLIC COMMENT OPPOSINGTRANSFERRING NPDES-CAFO AUTHORITY TOTHE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
November 18, 2008
My name is (name omitted). I reside in Columbus where I have practiced environmental law for the past twenty-five years. For the past 13 years, I have represented a dozen or more communities impacted by CAFOs starting in 1995 with our state's disastrous encounter with (name omitted) and his AgriGeneral and Buckeye Egg operations and its successor, the scarcely less scandalous Ohio Fresh Eggs. I also worked with citizen groups in 2000 to oppose the agri-business lobbyists who succeeded in stripping Ohio EPA of its authority over CAFOs and awarding it to the industry's submissive pets at the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Our main fear in that legislation (Senate Bill 141, effective March 15, 2001) was that it uses the fox to guard the henhouse as ODA is utterly dominated by Ohio's agri-business associations and has an irreparable conflict of interest that prevents it from being an honest regulator due to its historic mission to promote the economic growth of agriculture. The resulting program for permitting CAFOs has fully realized these fears as it's every facet has been dictated by agri-business lobbies and provides very little substantive protection to the citizens of Ohio affected by these facilities.

I have come to know the mentality and ideology of the ODA only too well over the past 8 years and it is crystal clear to me and to every community where the ODA has permitted a CAFO that the Department has neither the will nor the desire to stand firm against its industry pals and effectively enforce the NPDES program. For this reason, I strongly urge the U.S. EPA to deny the requested transfer as the ODA has not seriously attempted to enforce its existing permit program, has not staffed itself in a manner adequate to do so, and does not have the independence or enforcement mentality equal to countering the environmental threat posed by modern industrial scale agriculture. Please do not condemn the Ohioans living near these facilities by entrusting their protection to an agency that does not care about them and thinks in a manner directly counter to their basic needs. Ohio EPA is far more experienced and likely to run a meaningful enforcement program than the ODA would ever be capable or willing to do.

The existing ODA program has done minimal enforcement work that consists almost entirely of merely notifying companies of their violations with no effort to seek effective sanctions. As a result, ODA's program has proven incapable of deterring noncompliance and has created an atmosphere within the industry that “anything goes.” This fact is documented for you in ODA's Program Description which states that between 2002 and 2006, the Department received 281 citizen complaints and uncovered an unspecified number of violations during inspections, but made only 2 referrals to the Attorney General's office for enforcement and adopted only 4 enforcement orders. Numbers like these establish that there is only a token enforcement program at ODA that is incapable of protecting Ohio's environment. The Department is also insufficiently staffed for anything more than a token effort as it has only four inspectors and therefore too few work hours for the court time and professional evidence gathering needed for a genuine enforcement program.

The only ODA enforcement case known to the general public has been their effort to revoke (name omitted)'s permits for his chronic noncompliance. Even then, ODA's enforcement effort was ineffectual and desultory as the Department dragged the process out for months while citizens suffered because the ODA's only apparent objective was to find a new company to take over (name omitted)'s operations rather than compel a meaningful enforcement remedy. These haphazard efforts then blew up in the Agency's face when the new owner was found to have a silent partner that was another chronic environmental violator even though the ODA director had expressly forbade them to involve him by name. This episode demonstrates emphatically that the industry does not consider the Department to be a serious regulator and believes that it is free to do as it pleases.

This anything goes at CAFOs philosophy at ODA is also apparent in three major defects in the Department's permit program which further demonstrate its lack of any real concern for Ohio's environment. The first is that Ohio's water quality sampling and TMDL program has repeatedly demonstrated that animal manure is an increasing problem in surface waters across the state, but the ODA has pointedly ignored this data and has made no changes in its permitting program to address this well documented problem. Serious existing problems in the priceless Darby Creek watershed, the Scioto, Maumee, Wabash, and numerous other rivers are growing worse while ODA does nothing. The U.S. EPA cannot give NPDES authority to the ODA until there is a reliable system put into place that insures that surface waters impacted by livestock manure will improve through mandatory issuance and increasingly strict controls placed in NPDES permits for CAFOs.

One of the main causes for this worsening surface water quality is ODA's creation and encouragement of a barely regulated system of waste brokers that allows CAFOs a loophole to dispose of their waste with minimal oversight. When the legislation awarding CAFO permitting to the ODA was passed, the Department's position was that it would strictly control land application by requiring CAFOs to document each application and the nutrient assimilation capacity of each application area to protect surface water. However, the industry has dominated ODA's rule-making process and has snuck in a loophole whereby brokers who pay only a nominal licensing fee can take waste without documenting its destination or if the land used could take the waste. The ODA has established no program for policing these brokers; it is for all intents and purposes the lawless Wild West all over again for Ohioans living near application sites. U.S. EPA must address how the NPDES program will address these brokers before it can extend the program to ODA but I do not see anyway that your program can accommodate such a fundamental flaw.

The third loophole demonstrating ODA's lack of concern for water quality is its documented failure to implement its aquifer protection siting restrictions for livestock manure storage and treatment structures in a manner that recognizes even the most basic considerations of hydrogeology. ODA's regulations (Ohio Administrative Code 901:10-2-02(F)) require a 15 foot separation between manure storage and an aquifer, but as documented in the Ohio Court of Appeals decision in Citizens Against Megafarm Dairy Development v. ODA, (Citizens Against Megafarm Dairy v. Dailey, 2007-Ohio-2649; Case No. 06AP-836, Franklin County, decided March 31, 2007) ODA's interpretation renders this rule a nullity by claiming that shallow aquifers can simply be ignored because they cannot be used as a drinking water source due merely to the 25 well-casing requirement for water wells under Ohio law. Accordingly, the ODA now permits manure pits to be built directly into aquifers without any restrictio n whatsoever. The Department's interpretation ignores the obvious reality that shallow aquifers act as conduits for contaminants to rapidly move into deeper aquifers and to surface waters which any regulator with the slightest environmental awareness would be deeply concerned about but which ODA ignores as a matter of its official policy. Unfortunately, due to the rule of Ohio law requiring deference by courts to an administrative agency's interpretation of its own rules, the court felt obliged to allow this ridiculous position to become Ohio law. U.S. EPA cannot approve NPDES authority to ODA without requiring a system to protect surface waters from contamination from manure stored in or close to shallow aquifers as ODA now allows.

In conclusion, we have a track record in Ohio establishing that the ODA will not meaningfully enforce the NPDES program if you transfer it to them and that it either does not understand or concern itself with basic concepts of environmental protection. The ODA is agri-business's lapdog. It does not deserve this new authority and you will endanger the health and welfare of countless Ohioans if you extend it to them.

(These comments are the full comments prepared for the Columbus public hearing which were abbreviated in the record there due to restricted opportunity to speak)
11/19/2008SUBJECT: COMMENTS REGARDING OHIO'S NPDES TRANSFER (extending comment period, additional public hearing)
Please find attached a file containing our comments regarding Ohio's proposed transfer of NPDES delegation authority for CAFOs and storm water construction activity at AFOs; specifically, our comments in response to a request to extend the comment period and/or hold an additional public hearing. Should you not be able to open the file attached, the comments are pasted into this email message.

(See attached file) (PDF, 2 pp, 155K)

November 19, 2008

Mr. Matthew Gluckman
US EPA Region 5
NPDES Programs Branch
WN-16J
77 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois 60604

RE: [FRL-8728-5]
State Program Requirements; Application To Administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs); Ohio


Extension of Comment Period

Additional Public Hearing

Dear Mr. Gluckman,

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the state of Ohio's largest general farm organization with more than 234,000 members, sincerely appreciates U. S. EPA Region 5 completing its review of the state of Ohio's application to revise its NPDES program to allow the Ohio Department of Agriculture to administer parts of the program pertaining to concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and storm water associated with construction activity at animal feeding operations (AFOs) in Ohio.

In its public notice printed in the Federal Register on October 15, 2008, U. S. EPA announced that the comment period for this proposal for which it is seeking public comment would close on December 16, 2008, and that one public hearing would be held for the purpose of receiving public comment.

Given that this action has been on-going for a number of years, we believe that the originally announced 60-day comment period is more than sufficient for this process. We also wish to bring to your attention that several additional opportunities have been afforded to the public regarding this process, which include but are not limited to the Department of Agriculture's CAFF advisory committee meetings where proposed rules pertaining to the proposed transfer of delegation authority have been thoroughly discussed for the past several years, but also public hearings where all stakeholders have been provided with the opportunity to comment on rules proposed by the Department of Agriculture pertaining to this respective proposal.

Furthermore, we believe one public hearing, as was held in centrally-located Columbus, Ohio, on the evening of November 18th, is sufficient for this process. Those who wish to comment on the proposal but for some reason were unable to attend the November 18th public hearing can still file comments regarding the proposed transfer of NPDES authority from Ohio EPA to the Ohio Department of Agriculture with US EPA in writing by December 16th, so an additional public hearing is not necessary.

Upon reviewing the sign-in sheet from the November 18th public hearing, you will also learn that it was attended by citizens from all regions of the state, including farmers from as far away as northwest Ohio's Williams County. Please consider this is an issue that affects the entire state of Ohio, not just one particular area or region. There are nearly 170 livestock farms in Ohio that have state permits with the Department of Agriculture, and almost every region of the state has at least one permitted livestock farm. As far as we're concerned, if an additional public hearing is held, it should not result in the public comment period being extended, and it should be held in the west central area (Celina, Greenville, Wapakoneta or Sidney) of Ohio where an overwhelming majority of the state's permitted livestock farms are located.

We thank you for positively considering our input regarding this very important matter.
Sincerely,
11/20/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per year, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003. I have personnnally seen and smelled what can happen with such “farming”, lack of oversight, insufficient fining of violations. The ODA is a promoting department not an oversight protection enforcement organization. These proposed changes make about as much sense as the Chamber of Commerce enforcing food and safety standards in restaurants. The proof is and was Buckeye Egg Farm with numerous violations, citations and no fining of Buckeye Egg Farm. The state has the job to do much better and not pass the buck. I guarantee if this was downstream or downwind from the dicision makers this would never have gotten this far.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/20/2008SUBJECT: Giving Oda jurisdiction over cafo permits
I would like to weigh in on moving the responsibility for cafos from EPA to Oda. I don't think we can trust Oda to regulate cafos or to enforce the rules in place. I think cafos should be illegal unless they are on large pieces of land so they can absorb their own mess and smells. Its not right to raise animals that way. Its not farming and its not agriculture. ~sincerely,
11/21/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per year, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003. I find this outrageous! Somebody needs to take the first steps to making polluters accountable for their crimes. There has got to be a better way!

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/22/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

As a consulting engineer involved in the design of power plants, I was frequently involved in working with the Air Division of OEPA. My experience was that OEPA was committed to protecting the air for the good of all of us. As water becomes an increasingly valuable resource, Ohio needs to put protection of our water ahead of the interests of large agribusinesses. I strongly believe OEPA should not abdicate this responsibility.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/22/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

Checks and balances exist in a system for a reason. There ALWAYS needs to be someone outside --that does not have a financial stake in the system-- watching/monitoring. Just look at the banking system failure. Or, just look no further than the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture. Since 2003, Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against them. Failure to follow through with the simplest of enforcement means they should have all enforcement obligations removed from their domain and NOT be given any more...they obviously can't handle it; let alone handle responsibility for over 10.5 million tons of waste per year, that has the potential to contaminate our drinking water.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/22/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

What are you thinking, EPA?! You are an overseer, to protect our lands and people on them. Water pollution permits should not be granted to the agricultural industry BY the agricultural governmental body. The fox guarding the henhouse. We will hold you accountable for any outcome of this irresponsible transfer of authority.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per year, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/23/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per year, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water. The negative environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. We are residents of Madison County and live in a lake community threatened by a proposed mega dairy. In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per year, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water. The negative environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. We are residents of Madison County and live in a lake community threatened by a proposed mega dairy. The potential disaster to the Darby watershed and the

negative impact on our health as well as our property values can not be over emphasized. We will be closely monitoring the actions of our legislators and public servants with regard to this issue. We will support those sharing our view regarding this issue and will strongly oppose those who in any way aid in the creation of additional mega farms.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/24/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

Factory farms produce an estimated 500 million tons of manure every year - three times the amount of waste the human population of the U.S. produces. In Ohio, CAFOs generate over 10.5 million tons of manure per year, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. According to the EPA, hog, chicken and cattle waste has polluted 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states and contaminated groundwater in 17 states. The ODA's mission is “to provide regulatory protection to producers, agribusinesses, and the consuming public; to promote Ohio agricultural products in domestic and international markets”. The Ohio EPA has as its mission listed as “protect[ing] the environment and public health by ensuring compliance with environmental laws and demonstrating leadership in environmental stewardship.”

The ODA has as its primary mission to help the Agriculture Industry and has not directive to protect the environment. Giving them oversight into the Clean Water Act through movement of permitting and oversight is in direct contrast to their directive of protection and promotion of the Ag industry here in Ohio. I do not believe that the ODA should have environmental regulatory oversight of CAFOS, particularly when it comes to protecting our waterways. I do not believe that granting water permitting of CAFOs to ODA oversight will provide the appropriate level of scrutiny or protection of our waters. The Ohio EPA is an independent source of oversight that is sorely needed. My reasons include: ODA has little experience in managing water quality, With the brokerage of manure, there is little ability to go back to the CAFOs when there is a spill, Where will the additional funding come from for the ODA to manage this process? Once you move NPDES permits to ODA, what industry will next want to manage their permitting processes from the EPA to their organization?

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources, and I believe that agency is the EPA.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/24/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

I know you get plenty of form letters. Here's another. I just can't believe you're willing to transfer this oversight to the ODA. They don't even enforce thier own rules. They would have less accountability than they do now. The director of the ODA is a dictator answerable to no one. This HAS to stop.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per year, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/24/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

OK, FORGET THE ENVIRONMENT.
MONROE ELEMENTARY WITH OVER 2OO KIDS WILL BE DOWN WIND 2 MILES OF THE CEMENT HOLDING PONDS FOR 5000 HEAD OF DAIRY COWS - WE REALLY ARE LEAVING NO CHILD BEHIND WHAT IF IT WAS YOUR KID? THE LAW CHANGES WILL ALLOW THIS. YOU CAN STOP THIS FOR KIDS. CHILDREN.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/28/2008This comment was submitted 46 times:
Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per year, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
11/30/2008SUBJECT: Against NPDES permits to ODA in Ohio
Mr Gluckman,
I am against the transfer of NPDES permits to the ODA from the Ohio EPA. Attached is a letter stating why (1 pp, 17K).
12/1/2008Factory Farm Water Permits: I urge you to oppose the transfer!
I am very concerned about the potential transfer of oversight for factory farm water pollution permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).

The proposal effectively transfers control of factory farm water pollution to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from OEPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.

In Ohio, factory farms generate over 10.5 million tons of animal waste per year, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Rich in phosphorus and nitrogen, animal waste is a major source of water pollution in Ohio. These chemicals enter waterways, killing fish and other aquatic life and contaminating our drinking water.

The environmental and public health impacts of factory farms are tremendous. The EPA must consider the Ohio Department of Agriculture's dismal track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution. For example, ODA's enforcement is lax and does little to promote compliance with the law. Ohio Fresh Eggs, formerly Buckeye Egg, has amassed 36 notices without a single fine levied against it since 2003.

I urge you to deny the transfer water pollution permit authority to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In addition, Ohioans should have at least 30 more days to review and comment on this important decision. At least one additional hearing should also be held in Northwest Ohio where the majority of these facilities exist.

In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture's weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state's natural resources.
Sincerely,
12/1/2008SUBJECT: comment on ohio permits and the current maryland situation
Matt,

Thank you again for hosting the meeting regarding moving the Permitting under the Clean Water Act to the Ohio Dept of AG. I saw this article today and it is very telling. Please read it. You will see that Maryland has their Chicken CAFOs under the Maryland Dept of Ag oversight rather than the EPA oversight with very grave consequences. Please do not let this mistake happen to Ohio as well and impact the many great rivers and streams we have, including our precious Darby Creek. In part the article states:

Maryland is one of the only states where the poultry industry is regulated by the State Department of Agriculture, whose primary mission is helping farmers, and not by the State Department of the Environment, which is charged with enforcing pollution laws. EPA officials say that agriculture is the largest single source of pollutants and sediment in the Chesapeake Bay, accounting for over 40 percent of the nitrogen and phosphorous and over 70 percent of the sediment.

Here is the article link.

http:www.nytimes.com/2008/11/29/us/29poultry.html?_r=1&th&emc=th

We are gravely concerned that the Ohio Department of Ag will have similar distain for our concerns in protecting waterways and the environment. I will repeat, the only people who spoke out for the move of this permitting process were the people who had a financial stake in the agriculture industry. The people who spoke out against the move for the permitting process included farmers, residents, and people who have substantiated concerns for our cities, our communities, and our waters.

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