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JUNE 10, 1999  2:30 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:
Sierra Club
Megan Fowler, (202) 675-7911 Ed Hopkins, (202) 675-7908
Activists Organize Against Factory Farm Pollution
 
WASHINGTON - June 10 -

WHO:
Wendell Berry, Writer, Poet Laureate
Rick Dove, Neuse Riverkeeper
Dr. John Ikerd, Agricultural Economist, University of Missouri, Columbia
Kendall Thu, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Iowa
100 Sierra Club activists and experts on factory farm pollution from 28 states including Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, and Oklahoma.

To speak with CAFO activists from your state, please call Megan Fowler at 202-675-7911.

WHAT:
Big River/Clean Water Week Conference Educational and Training Seminars

WHEN:
June 10 - 15, 1999

WHERE:
Days Inn, 1201 K St. Washington, DC

Activists and experts from the Sierra Club and other groups are mobilizing in Washington, DC for five days to learn how to protect their environment and public health from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). Creating one of the nation's most dangerous water pollution problems, these factory farms are no longer simply a regional or localized problem. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, hog, chicken and cattle waste has polluted 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states and contaminated groundwater in 17 states.

Polluted rivers, contaminated tap water, increased health problems, and the loss of the family farm too often occur in communities across the United States. Nearly 100 experts and activists are bringing this issue to a national level to learn how to protect their own communities and to stop the problem from spreading further.

The Sierra Club's campaign to protect America's water from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) -- one of the organization's four national priority campaigns -- is committed to keeping factory farm pollution out of America's drinking water, lakes and rivers, and eliminating the threats that CAFOs pose to our public health and rural heritage. In order to achieve this goal, the Sierra Club is calling for a moratorium on new large CAFOs until clean-water protections are strengthened, and the massive pollution from current facilities is eliminated.

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