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Stop IA Select (Factory Farm) Hog Confinements in ClayCo. & Join Master Matrix Moratorium

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We – the undersigned residents of Clay County & other communities in support – strongly oppose the application & approved DNR Permit 2017.33 for location Section 14 Lincoln Township (T95N, R37W), [[EDIT Permit withdrawn 9/25/2017 woohoo we WON this one!]] by factory farm giant Iowa Select Farms, under the name Bluejay Farms I, LLC for this particular project, to build a confinement housing 5,000 head of hogs, 2500 each building.  The proposed site is [[WAS- there is ALWAYS more sneakin in]] 1¼ mile west of Hwy 71, on 420th St.; & is 2,810ft to 3 miles from dozens of neighbors & the Rossie & Greenville communities. This will pollute our air, water, and soil, threaten our health, lower the value of our homes and farmsteads, & hurt nearby businesses, some who spoke publicly, including regular farmers & unique types sensitive to effects from hog confinements.  We call on Al & Chris Swanson, local land owners (Chris stated land sale not finalized at 8/29 Clay Co Board of Supervisors hearing) to withdraw/ cancel their land offer/ negotiations/ purchase agreement/ sale to Iowa Select [[EDIT 9/27/2017- DNR permit withdrawn BUT they have ALOT of land]] ; --AND/ OR-- for Iowa Select to withdraw this application due to community & peer opposition [[THEY DID!]],  –OR– for the Clay County Board of Supervisors to recommend denial & review of this application to the DNR & have permit revoked [[Vote was set for 9/26/2017 but Iowa Select withdrew!]]. –AND--  for Clay County officials to further prevent Iowa Select, AND similar CAFO's under any pseudonym, alias or LLC, to ever build any (more {edit} found out others already! 8.29.2017/ Spencer Daily Reporter article, opposition to the project. Must stop them- no more!) confinements in Clay County, Iowa. Help us keep this large factory farm from taking over our county (edit- 2-4 already here!) beginning with preventing this proposed location, Rossie Finishing Facility & also requesting banning/ no permits/building allowed in Clay Co. #ClayCoSaysNoIowaSelect #ClayCoNoMoreFactoryFarms 

PETITION UPDATE 9/26/2017! 
1 VICTORY for ClayCo! Read what ACTUALLY happened! Also-Oct 10! 11AM BoardOfSup's mtg- PLZ ATTEND!

Clay Co Against Iowa Select (Factory Farm)
SEP 27, 2017 — We are happy to announce Iowa Select/ Bluejay Farms WILL NOT BE PROCEEDING with the Rossie Finishing Facility in Lincoln Twnshp!!! Very great news!! TOGETHER we STOPPED this ONE BUT it's NOT OVER. Please join us Tues, Oct 10- 11am! Clay Co Admin Bldg, Spencer! We DO NEED PEOPLE to attend to ask that Clay County be the 18th county to sign onto a request to the legislature for a moratorium on new factory farms/CAFOs until adequate regulations are developed to protect Iowa's families or until Iowa's 750 impaired water bodies are reduced to 100 or less. Families near proposed now withdrawn Rossie Finishing Facility may have dodged a bullet, but the rest of rural Clay county is still in the cross-hairs for getting 5,000-8,000 hogs 1/4 mile from their own home or small town. 

Below is ICCI's press release, whom we have been working with. The birds were known by Iowa Select prior to 8/29 mtg so we don't think that was the decider. Maybe 800+ signatures (THANKS!) & MUCH RESISTANCE & COMMUNITY AWARENESS  did though!! 

From ICCI- Iowa Select withdraws two factory farm applications ahead of environmental hearings

Iowa CCI members, residents in Clay and Wayne counties celebrate and demand moratorium on new factories
Des Moines, Iowa – On Monday, Iowa CCI members and everyday Iowans celebrated as Iowa Select — the largest hog corporation in Iowa and 8th largest nationally — withdrew permit applications for two massive hog factories in Wayne and Clay counties. Both applications, which were overwhelmingly opposed by local residents and county supervisors, were likely to be appealed at the October meeting of the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC).

Locally organized opposition
Residents of Wayne County organized opposition, including a meeting with DNR director Chuck Gipp where over 100 neighbors demanded DNR deny the site, wrote letters to the editor, and successfully convinced their county supervisors to fail the Master Matrix and recommend denial to the DNR. The DNR overturned the Wayne County Supervisors’ decision. Wayne County appealed DNR’s approval of the factory farm, and a public hearing before the EPC was scheduled in October.

“We’re celebrating this big victory, but we know that Iowa Select will try to reapply. We are relentless, and we’ll be ready. We don’t want any factory farms and we will fight any that Iowa Select proposes to build,” said Pam Woollis, CCI member and resident of Wayne County.

In Clay County, local residents also organized, gathered petition signatures, and convinced their supervisors to recommend denial of the site, which again was overturned by the DNR. Clay County’s Board of Supervisors was set to vote on appealing DNR’s approval of the factory farm at its meeting today.

“We are overjoyed at Iowa Select’s decision to not build their large hog factory beside our family. However, more importantly, the health of other farm familes and small towns is endangered by Iowa’s lack of regulations to protect the public health and our air and water,” said Sarah Lewis, who fought the 5,000-head factory farm near Spencer, Iowa. “We encourage our Supervisors to make Clay County the 18th Iowa county to call for a moratorium or changes to the Master Matrix until adequate regulations are implemented to protect our environment and familes.”

Iowa Select avoids scrutiny
“In its written notice to the Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Select cited several reasons for withdrawing, but we believe it’s because they are feeling public pressure and know that these appeals would further illustrate the failings of the Master Matrix,” said Erica Blair, community organizer with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI).

According to DNR’s construction review activity database, Iowa Select has seven pending facilities across the state in Grundy, Hancock, Hardin, Humboldt, Buena Vista, and Greene counties. CCI has received calls from residents of several of these counties asking how they can fight the incoming factory farms.

Iowa Select has a long violation history, including at least 150 manure or ammonia releases polluting air and water, according to DNR’s facility spill database.

“Iowa Select creates new LLCs, allowing the company to avoid scrutiny of past violations, making it difficult to know the true number of spills and violations,” said Patti Naylor, a CCI member and family farmer who lives in Greene County, where supervisors just approved a 7,490-head Iowa Select factory farm. “They’ve become experts at using the Master Matrix to their own advantage.”

This news comes as many scandals are coming to the surface for DNR. CCI members point to the EPC and DNR’s dismissal of the Master Matrix petition, former DNR employee Gene Tinker’s claim that he was fired for educating counties about the Master Matrix, and DNR’s discovery of over 5,000 additional factory farms in Iowa.

“It’s clear that we need a moratorium from this polluting industry. Our DNR, legislature, and Governor need to work for all of Iowans,” added Naylor.

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement is a statewide, grassroots people’s action group that uses community organizing to win public policy that puts communities before corporations and people before profits, politics and polluters. CCI has been fighting to put people first for over 40 years. Follow us on Twitter at @iowacci.



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