The public comment period on the draft Swine General Permit ended on Monday.
Thanks to all of you who testified at the public hearings and submitted written comments. While we don’t have a final count of all of comments that were submitted to protest the many new proposed permit conditions, we do know that through the NC Farm Families call-to-action, DEQ received 2,895 emails!
That number does not count the many individual comment letters that were sent from folks across the industry including farmers, technical specialists, nutritionists, soil scientists, hydrologists, veterinarians, and many commodity groups.
The NC Pork Council submitted comments as well. You can find that letter here.
Brandon Warren, NCPC immediate past president, testified at the public hearing in Kenansville on the draft swine permit a couple of weeks ago he said,
“Let us all agree here that facts matter, that the truth matters, and that just because you can post it somewhere on the Internet… that doesn’t make it so.”
In that same spirit, we felt like it was important offer DEQ some perspective about how we got here and where we’ve been. So, in addition to feedback on the specific proposed permit conditions, we also used our comment letter as an opportunity to tell our story and expose many of the lies told about us by our opponents.
Click on the button below to download the North Carolina Pork Council's official comments submitted to DEQ on the Draft Permit.