Idaho: "Dairy Industry Pushes CAFO Secrecy Bill"

"BOISE — An Idaho House committee supported Wednesday a move to seal off more data related to confined-animal feeding operations from the public eye, making it harder for the public to tell if state regulations are enforced.

A bill proposed by Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, would put all dairy nutrient management plans — and related proprietary business information — out of the public’s eye.

The plans essentially detail what becomes of animal waste produced at the dairies, which if not properly disposed of can pollute groundwater and soils.

Most waste plans are already hidden from public review, for facilities that participate in a state management plan program. This bill would more broadly affect reports of facility compliance inspections carried out by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture."

Ben Botkin reports for the Twin Falls Times-News March 17, 2011.

Friday, March 18, 2011