After years of living with horrible odors that badly damage our
quality of life and that may threaten our health, many residents from
both Tewksbury and Wilmington are filing a lawsuit against the Krochmal
hog operation. The people currently being represented by Attorney
Richard Middleton of Savannah, Georgia, are passing along this message
to those who may want to contact his firm and join the suit. We
understand he is working with Massachusetts counsel in this matter.
Time is passing while our quality of life is diminished and our
reasonable concerns for our familiesí health go unanswered. Itís been
long enough. Thereís strength in numbers.
Attorney Middleton can be reached at 912-238-1941.
- The Krochmal hog facility, apparently without any regard for
your quality of life, changed into a factory style farm without
permits, Town consultations, or any public discourse. It has acted
improperly time and time again without permits for large buildings,
animals, wetland-fillings, etc., while your homes, yards and a
school are too often immersed in foul air.
- Adding insult to injury, your complaints have been questioned,
and some deceptively portray you as new neighbors invading a farmís
area. The Commissioner of the Mass. Dept. of Agriculture told the
Boston Globe you should have known better than to live here!
- After years of meetings and hearings in which residents asked
for answers, our officials still have not assured us that the foul
air we breathe isnít harmful to our familiesí health. Why not?
- Our Towns and State have failed to protect us. The actions that
were taken appear to be window-dressing. After years of petitions,
complaints, hearings, meetings, drafting of regulations, community
activism, etc. we still suffer. Why?
Members of the TewkburyOdor.org group
Residents of Tewksbury
Residents of Wilmington
According to the Pew
Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production:
- Ammonia emissions from hog farms react with other gases in the
air to form fine particle pollution, a public health threat linked
to decreased lung function, cardiovascular ailments and most
seriously, premature death.
- Air emissions from lagoons, spray-fields and hog houses have
been linked to neurological and respiratory problems.
- Unpleasant odors have been found to be a nuisance and emotional
stressor on neighbors, and are known to contain irritants that can
cause damage to mucosal linings in the nose, throat and respiratory
- Researchers from the UNC School of Public Health and Duke
University found that neighbors exposed to odors from hog operations
showed evidence of reduced immune system function. Evidence is also
emerging that indicates that the health of citizens living near hog
operations is negatively affected.
- Hog waste contains disease-causing pathogens.
- Evidence indicates adverse impacts on workersí and childrenís
- Manure land application rates at hog Animal Feeding Operations
result in high levels of pollutants in groundwater and pose risks
for drinking water wells.