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    Agricultural Wate regulations

    The MOE has just released a proposal for new regualtions covering ag waste ie manure storage. You can view them on their web site. They are very strict and will be very expensive to meet if they are implimented as currently in the paper. The window to comment ends at the end of March. I think it is very important that every farmer send in a letter objection to the proposed changes. You should also contact your MLA. They don't seem to be advertising the these changes and if they don't get the message against them they will proceed. An example is they will require lined covered manure pits by the end of 2012

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    Dennis Lapierre
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    Here is the site where you can read the proposal: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/industr...trol/index.htm

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    Dennis Lapierre
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    Better yet. Here is the location of the intentions paper and the response forms. http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/codes/awcr/index.htm

    I found plowing through the intentions report and related documentation it refers to a bit confusing. I found it at bit easier to take the following approach:

    What I did was, after reading to about page 8 of the intentions paper, I went right to http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/industr...op-sandppi.pdf which is the Code of Practice the paper refers to and intends to extend to varying degrees to the small producer.

    It outlines the rules that apply around liquid, semi-solid and solid waste rules for transport, storage and disposal, all the environmental constraints that apply about where, when and how disposed of, and talks about the need for the construction of impermeable surfaces for storage, the need to use a qualified professional, the need for writing plans and keeping records, doing soil testing, developing nutrient management plans, restricting grazing on sites where stuff has been disposed of, and the like.

    Reading that first makes what is in the intentions paper a little easier to understand. For example, the intentions paper recognizes that a certain amount of common sense needs to be factored in when it comes to imposing the same rules that apply to large operations, to small operations and individual farms. The question it wants answered via the feedback it is inviting is, where is the common sense and where should the rules lines be drawn when it comes to applying those rules to individual farms?

    It seems to me that this is a great opportunity for those with years of farming experience to provide some feedback to the Ministry on what might make the most sense in deciding what rules to apply, when and how.

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    Dennis Lapierre
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    FYI, the following was sent on behalf of BCAC member organizations:

    22 February, 2012
    The Honourable Terry Lake
    Minister of Environment
    PO Box 9047 Stn Prov Govt Rm 247, Parliament Buildings Victoria, BC V8W 9E2
    Via email: ENV.Minister@gov.bc.ca
    Dear Minister Lake:
    Review of the Agriculture Waste Control Regulations
    Over the years, the BC Agriculture Council (BCAC) has worked with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Environment on many key agriculture-environmental issues. It is through this collaborative partnership that BC agriculture has grown into an industry leader in environmental sustainability.
    The BCAC will submit a formal response to the Review of the Agriculture Waste Control Regulation Policy Intentions Paper for Consultation by March 31. This is a critical issue for BC agriculture and for British Columbia. However, minimal opportunities for discussion between the Ministry of Environment and the agriculture sector, and the short time line now provided for response to the Intentions Paper, run contrary to the far-reaching impacts this policy may have across the entire BC agriculture and agri-food industry. While the general objectives of the Intentions Paper were presented at the Partnership Committee on Agriculture and the Environment, limited discussions regarding the specific changes or implications to farmers and ranchers raise serious concerns.
    Several BCAC Member Associations question certain components of the Intentions Paper and the impacts they may have on the sector. In the interest of ensuring that the proposed agriculture waste control regulation policy receives thorough input from the sector it is to affect, and to promote valuable collaboration among our respective organizations, we expect further discussions to take place between the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and the BC agriculture industry after the March 31 response deadline and prior to finalizing the new Code.

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