The Department of Ecology is holding a public hearing on the draft pollution discharge permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in Bellingham. The draft permit is missing key environmental requirements, and is inadequate for regulating industrial agriculture, which discharges fecal coliform, nitrates, and other bacteria to groundwater and surface water. Ecology needs to hear from citizens that this permit is unacceptable.
If you can attend the hearing, please sign up online. You can also download our fact sheet to help inform your comments.