Oregon Public Hearing Shows Overwhelming Support for Factory Farm Moratorium Bill

The Senate Natural Resources Committee public hearing on the Factory Farm Moratorium Bill (S.B. 85-1) in Oregon has concluded. As of March 13th, 460 written comments were submitted in favour of the bill, outnumbering written testimony in opposition by a factor of nearly three to one. Former Governor Kulongoski submitted comments in favour of the bill, noting: “The issues of water quantity and quality are critical concerns to me and to the citizens of Oregon regarding the siting of CAFOs [Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations] because those issues affect both public health and the livelihoods of Oregonians. Without a moratorium on the government’s licensing and siting of CAFOs as defined in SB 85-1, the issues of water quantity and quality will remain unaddressed.”