Oregon has already seen the harm a mega-dairy can do to the air and water from the recent Lost Valley catastrophe. But the damage lasts longer than these short-sighted, industrial milk factories. Water in the Lower Umatilla Basin has been contaminated by nitrates for years, and clean up efforts have been totally inadequate. Despite the clear link to mega-dairy waste management failures, the state of Oregon is considering issuing permits for yet another industrial cow facility on the very same site as Lost Valley.
Join us and call on the EPA to use their authority under the Safe Drinking Water Act to immediately ban any new mega-dairies and take meaningful steps to clean up the water in the Lower Umatilla Basin. The EPA has the power to take emergency action. Tell them that water quality and community health are more important than mega-dairy profits!
Call on EPA Regional Administrator Chris Hladick to take emergency action now. Enough is enough!
Dear EPA Regional Administrator Hladick,
The waters of Eastern Oregon, specifically the Lower Umatilla Basin have been at risk from elevated nitrate levels since the 1990's. The link between industrial mega-dairies and watershed contamination is clear and efforts to stop the pollution and clean up the water have failed. Oregon is currently considering a new permit for the failed Lost Valley site for another concentrated animal feeding operation. This would only worsen the situation and harm thousands of Eastern Oregon residents.
Use your authority to take emergency action under the Safe Drinking Water Act to prohibit any new mega-dairy from operating on the failed Lost Valley Farm CAFO site, supply free, clean drinking water to impacted residents, investigate the sources of the region’s nitrate contamination, and take enforcement actions as needed to reduce the area’s groundwater contamination to safe levels.
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