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"When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically. In this context the proponent of an activity, rather than the public, should bear the burden of proof." - Wingspread Statement of the Precautionary Principle.


Dalmeny Resident Fighting Fertilizer Stench
CBC News
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 says

He fears the ammonia and other gases coming from poultry and dairy operations around his town will affect the health of local residents.
Dave Collins

Dave Collins

"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 field."

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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