I am a resident of Delta County and a regenerative agricultural producer and rancher. I find the very notion of confined animal and intensive animal feeding operations to be offensive to most farm and ranch operators in the county. These confined/ intensive feeding operations are more factory than farm and much more analogous to industrial rather than agricultural processes. Regulating these factory operations should be as stringent, if not more so than, regulating waste processing facilities or hazardous materials handling facilities. Because that's what they are.

The whole notion of setbacks for these hazardous waste facilities seems rather arbitrary and poorly thought out. Instead of creating arbitrary and vague "setbacks" to "protect" neighboring land users, we should demand that CAFOs "do no harm" and not emit any waste; liquid, aerosol, solid or otherwise. The burden of proof should be on the emitter to ensure that no waste products (effluent, aerosols or solids) escape onto any adjoining property, period.

If these waste production facilities cannot guarantee that their waste or odors do not and will not negatively affect neighboring properties (regardless of setbacks) they should not be permitted to operate.

Industrial waste processing facilities and hazardous materials handling facilities such as these CAFOs and IAFOs are not agricultural uses. They are industrial, they are toxic and they are hazardous. Such facilities should only be permitted in specific industrial zones far from people, food and other truly agricultural uses. The distinction should be made clear that concentrated animal feeding operations are a unique, separate and incompatible use that does not align with the values of most Delta County agribusinesses.

We must demand that the health, prosperity and pursuit of happiness of the agricultural community of Delta County not be compromised by the operators of industrial, hazardous waste handling facilities.

Doug Beall


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