Writer wants input from other residents

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Dear Editor:

There was an operating hearing in Jefferson City last Wednesday, Sept. 19 on the factory farm just one and a half miles from our beautiful Roaring River State Park.

We will not know what the Administrative Hearing Commission's decision is for awhile because the Attorney General's Office (who is representing the Department of Natural Resources) and Mr. and Mrs. Ozbun's lawyer Mr. Schmid (of Schreimann, Rackers, Francha & Blunt) have 25 days to submit written arguments. After we receive their arguments, we will have 20 days to submit our written arguments.
The hearing on the construction permit is still on for Jan. 7 through Jan. 11, 2008. All of these hearings are with the Clean Water Commission. We are objecting to this type of operation being so close to Roaring River State Park, Roaring River and Table Rock Lake.
I thought you might want to know what Ms. Ozbun's lawyer, Mr. Schmid said: "Barry County must like CAFOs because they have 266 of them." He also called us "the boisterous minority."
Are we a "minority" that wants to have our park and lake free of chicken poop, antibiotics, arsenic, ammonia, and etc. plus the chemicals in feed and manure not to mention the odor?
I would like to hear from the public, just to let me know what you think. You do not have get involved if you don't want to or even use your name.

I can be reached at Beverly Sweeney, HC 1 Box 1668, Eagle Rock, MO 65641, or you may e-mail me at: i_am_tracker@ yahoo.com.

Thank you in advance.


Beverly Sweeney

Eagle Rock, Missouri