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Part II/VI-Cynthia MacPherson challenges Sue Wallis's Horse Slaughter Plant Proposal in Missouri.

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Published on Mar 8, 2012

Continued from Part I/VI
Tom Aley has independently owned and operated the consulting firm Ozark Underground Laboratory since 1973. His credentials and educational background along with his business information can be found at www.ozarkundergroundlab.com.
Aley's expert opinion is:
"Lagoons do not work well in Missouri karstlands. They are very prone to leakage. Past examples include multiple lagoon failures at the city lagoons serving Republic and West Plains. The last sinkhole collapse failure of the West Plains lagoon resulted in about 750 cases of waterborne illness. I did a case history study of a previous failure of that lagoon system in a 1972 publication by Mo. Div. of Geology and Land Survey on catastrophic sinkhole collapses induced by leaky impoundments in karst areas."
Work by the Ozark Underground Laboratory is focused primarily on land and water use issues in karst and fractured rock landscapes. Emphasis is placed on interactions between surface activities and resulting subsurface impacts.
The laboratory has conducted this type of work in 35 U.S. states as well as in Australia, Barbados, Canada, Indonesia, New Zealand and Peru and has conducted numerous investigations and projects for various federal agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and the Corps of Engineers.
The Laboratory has also conducted work for numerous state, municipal, corporate, and private clients.
REMEMBER: WE ALL DRINK FROM WELLS.
SOCIAL IMPACT
 Another main concern that must be taken into consideration: The increase in crime.
Using Kaufman, Texas, as a model, it has been clearly documented that the increased traffic flow, felons and migrant workers that follow this type of industry have a direct correlation on crime statistics.
Statistics showing crime rates in Kaufman, Texas, before and after the closing of the horse slaughter plants in 2007 can be found at www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Kaufman-Texas.html.
CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY
Poorly operated corporate slaughtering facilities have posed similar concerns and prompted numerous lawsuits in other rural Missouri towns. 
Members of the Milan, Missouri community felt so strongly about the lack of social responsibility and professionalism of the local pork processing plant that a 12-member jury awarded more than $11 Million in damages to plaintiffs due to the "nuisances" caused by Premium Standard Farms, LLC. Owens, et al v. Contigroup Companies, Inc., Et al., WD72560. 
Continued in Part III/VI

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