Monday, August 20, 2018

SDSU president: get used to Brookings County being a shit hole


South Dakota State University President Barry Dunn says the chemical toilet should simply accept more confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs).
Large dairy operations are planned or underway along the I-29 corridor, with large poultry or pork facilities showing up in the south and east. Dunn says the new hog units built near the campus in Brookings shows that they can be located close to homes and businesses. [SDSU President Barry Dunn; CAFOs Can be Good Neighbors]
Brookings County is not just where I grew up it's home to South Dakota's most pestilent porker.

David Ganje is an attorney based in Rapid City who practices environmental law. He opined on the case of a Brookings County polluter whose choices contributed to contaminated runoff into the Big Sioux River.
The defendant was charged with destroying real property of the United States because he drained and caused to be drained, without the authority and permission of the government, lands under a federal wildlife easement. The jury found the defendant guilty of "disturbing protected wetlands of the United States.” The jury did not find the defendant guilty of the indicted charge of knowingly disturbing protected wetlands of the United States. After the conviction in this case the prosecutor said that requiring the defendant to restore the wetlands sends an important message. One cannot fault a prosecutor who is attentive to environmental issues. [Pierre Capital Journal]
This morning the Big Sioux River is again out of its banks contaminating everything in its path with poisonous effluent including that generated by non-point sources. The crony capitalism that keeps South Dakota the 8th worst state for the working class is destroying lands promised to native peoples by treaty and my home town of Elkton is struggling to find enough housing for migrant workers often living in squalor.

In a related story Dunn admits enrollment is crashing at SDSU.

South Dakota is a perpetual welfare state, a permanent disaster area and a chemical toilet by design. Until Democrats seize power nothing will ever change.

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