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On November 14, the Executive Committee of the Missouri Chapter of the Sierra Club passed a resolution condemning Atty Gen Koster’s decision to appeal a judge’s ruling in the Arrow Rock case.

He says he’s doing this because it’s not up to judges to make legislative decisions.  You can bet a barn load of manure that he’d put this on the back burner and forget about it if he agreed with the judge.

Since there is virtually nothing progressive groups can do to intervene legally in this case, our best effort should go into making it really uncomfortable for Koster politically.  To that end, I will ask area Democrat clubs to pass this same resolution.  Koster needs to know we’re paying attention to this issue.

Whereas noxious odors and liquid waste runoffs from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations detract from citizens’ experience of Missouri’s state parks and historic sites, and constitute health hazards; and

Whereas tourism is important to Missouri’s economy; and

Whereas our parks and historic sites provide educational experiences and restorative experiences of nature to Missourians; and  

Whereas rulings in 2008 by Cole County Judge Patricia Joyce established a two-mile buffer around Arrow Rock, a historic mid-Missouri village, barring concentrated animal feeding operations within it; and

Whereas Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed an appeal of Judge Joyce’s two-mile ruling, questioning the process by which Judge Joyce determined the need for a two-mile limit;

Now therefore Missouri Sierra Club protests Attorney General Koster’s decision to appeal, asks him to withdraw the appeal, and calls upon the General Assembly to pass legislation for a CAFO-free buffer zone around the fifty Missouri State Parks and thirty-nine State Historic sites.

His website says that anything having to do with agriculture/environmental issues will be routed to Dept. of Natural Resources, and I’ve not heard anything good about that Dept lately, have you?  Maybe we should deliver some samples of what we’re dealing with to his office. That would really raise a stink.


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