Friends of Toppenish Creek


In 2014 a group from the Washington State Conservation Districts asked the Washington State Board of Health to Revise WAC 246 – 203 – 130. The revision would take away the State Department of Health’s authority to regulate storage of animal waste near people’s homes. Below is a picture of such storage in Yakima County. Following is a letter to the WA State Department of Ecology endorsed by Friends of Toppenish Creek

Honorable Members of the Board,
Thank you for providing us with the opportunity to address the Board regarding the
public health impacts of factory farms or concentrated animal feeding operations (“CAFOs”) at
your last meeting on June 11, 2014. We understand that you continue to evaluate what role the
Board of Health should play in regards to protecting the public from these facilities. We are
writing to supplement the oral and written testimony we provided at the June 11 hearing as well
as to respond to some information, and some misinformation, that was provided to you at the
hearing by other participants. In addition, we are submitting proposed language for how WAC
246-203-130 could be amended so that it fulfills the Board’s statutory responsibility to protect
public health from harm due to the keeping of animal manure. Click here to read more


Animal lovers may find this video hard to watch. It shows the practice of using a torch to remove the hair from the udders of milk cows. Click on the link to view.;_ylt=AwrTccoAkwlVFVEAO2IlnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTBsOXB2YTRjBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2dxMQR2dGlkAw--?p=Cold+Flame+removal+of+udder+hair+from+dairy+cows+Youtube&tnr=21&vid=CB18720E85616ED060EACB18720E85616ED060EA&l=162&









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