|Action||Develop requirements that will address concerns regarding transfer and off-site management of poultry waste in the Commonwealth.|
|Comment Period||Ends 8/21/2009|
FROM: Dr. Boyd W. Post
1107 Pekay St. SW
Vienna, VA 22180
The rivers of northern Virginia are of great importance to me from several reasons. These streams supply the drinking water for major metropolitan areas, and then flow on to the Chesapeake Bay. Over the last several years we have seen serious fish kills in many of these streams which has raised unanswered questions as to the effects on human health these obviously unhealthy streams may be having. There may well be additional sources of unhealthy chemicals entering the streams from poorly treated, or completely untreated, sewage, but the uncontrolled poultry waste situation seems an obvious situation that must be brought under regulation.
As a sport fisherman I feel that what has happened to the smallmouth bass population in Virginia has been an unnecessary tragedy. Until better poultry waste management practices are required by law there is no assurance that we will not experience similar damage to our aquatic poplulations.
Looking at poultry waste as a resource which could be used in creating usable energy for our energy hungry society this resource is being misused to the detriment of society.
The proposed regulations are a move in the right direction. There are other sources that also need to be dealt with, but I believe this would be a major step forward!