Please Implement the Proposed Poultry Waste Regulations
Approximately 80% of all poultry waste created by growers in Virginia is sold or given to neighboring farms which are not subject to regulation. This is the biggest environmental loophole in the Commonwealth and I support the proposed regulation as the best way to close this loophole.
My drinking water comes from a ground water well, as does the drinking water for most of the citizens of Page County and other rural areas. The widespread Karst geology in the Shenandoah Valley means that surface water pollution can easily cause ground water pollution. There is more poultry waste produced in Page and other Valley Counties than can be properly used in the Shenandoah Valley. These proposed regulations, will provide greater protection for both surface water and ground water.
The proposed regulation will require all significant poultry waste end users and poultry waste brokers to test soil and prevent the accumulation of excess phosphorous. It will also end the practice of storing litter in huge piles out in the rain and of sometimes applying litter right down to the edge of stream banks. The regulation has been well thought out and reviewed with input from farmers and other affected groups.
Please implement the proposed regulations to help reduce bacteria and excess nutrients in our water and thus improve the recreation potential of our Virginia waters. Recreation and tourism provide a significant contribution to the Virginia economy and the results of polluted waters have reduced the economic potential of recreational water use.