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Tuesday...Temperatures will range from a high of 78 to a low of 57 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 8 and 22 miles per hour from the west. Less than 1 tenth inch of rain is possible.
This Afternoon ...Temperatures will range from 78 to 73 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 18 and 22 miles per hour from the southeast. Rain amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are expected.
This Evening ...Temperatures will range from 69 to 63 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 18 miles per hour from the southwest. No precipitation is expected.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 62 to 57 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 9 and 16 miles per hour from the west. No precipitation is expected.
Wednesday...Temperatures will range from a high of 78 to a low of 55 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 0 and 13 miles per hour from the west. 0.12 inches of rain are expected.

Massive waste spill and fish-kill

Aug. 23, 2012 | 0 comments

Illinois waterways and wildlife have again been polluted by alleged improper manure waste management at a factory hog farm.

It is alleged that the contamination of Hooper Branch, LLC, and Beaver Creek and the subsequent fish-kill was the result of manure spraying.

Hopkins Ridge confines more than 2,500 hogs, which by comparison produces the same amount of waste as about 12,500 humans.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is asking for an immediate order to cease further waste spraying and cleanup of the spill.

The agency claims that the livestock operation contaminated waters of the state without a Clean Water Act permit and violated field application and waste storage regulations.

"Spraying liquefied manure is one of the cheapest ways to dispose of waste, but it carries a risk of runoff pollution, drift and odor," said Karen Hudson, a farmer and member of the Illinois Citizens for Clean Air & Water.

"Clean Water Act permits are actually intended to prevent Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations from discharging waste into surface waters," said Attorney Danielle Diamond of ICCAW.

Diamond noted that the Illinois EPA typically only requires CAFOs to obtain permits after they discharge, which means adequate protections generally aren't put into place until after pollution has already occurred.

Under the agency's proposed regulations, only a small universe of already polluting CAFOs will be required to apply for permits.

The agency's permitting and regulatory scheme for CAFOs will likely be questioned by the Illinois Pollution Control Board later this month.

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