Resident Fighting Fertilizer Stench
August 18, 2003
A Dalmeny man who lives on the outskirts of Saskatoon says intensive
livestock operators are spreading manure too close to his home. Now Dave
Collins wants the provincial government to clamp down.
The most recent incident happened on Thursday when a poultry farmer spread
six loads of turkey manure within a few metres of the town limits, Collins
He fears the ammonia and other gases coming from poultry and dairy
operations around his town will affect the health of local residents.
"When it's really bad, your skin will actually burn from the toxicity.
Your eyes will burn. You will get nausea," he says, "I get a lot
of headaches here in Dalmeny because of the pollution in the air."
Melvin Harder, the farmer who is spreading the fertilizer, says he didn't
mean to cause any harm.
"The soil is so dry so then I don't want the wind to blow away my
topsoil, so then I just decided to spread it along the edge of my
Collins says it's not just about the smell, he says dumping manure that
close to the town is also against provincial guidelines. So he has filed
complaints with the province's Department of Agriculture.
However, the province doesn't plan to investigate the incident because
the manure wasn't dumped near any rivers or lakes. Collins says he plans to
continue his fight in the court, if necessary.
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