Letter to the Editor

(Printed 4/26/19)

Editor,

This year a very important piece of legislation to study the air quality around industrial chicken houses or CAFO’s failed to get out of committee for the 3rd year in a row. 

Despite testimony from many Eastern Shore citizens who live near these facilities and suffer from the air and deal with asthma and related respiratory illnesses and who once again traveled to Annapolis to share their stories, nothing happened. 

The Community Healthy Air Act would have required monitoring of several different facilities and then an analysis by scientists from the University of Maryland School of Public Health, University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Bloomberg School of Public Health and their report would have been presented to Maryland legislators. 

Instead, the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Delmarva Poultry Industry teamed up to perform air quality monitoring of just two locations: one upwind and one downwind of a CAFO, but with no independent scientific analysis of the data and no indication that the results will be shared with either the public or anyone else. 

 Nancy Tuttle

Ocean Pines

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