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Re: “Conner Eldridge blasts Sen. Boozman's globetrotting

I don't like him any more than most people here, but I do think this isn't the best attack on Boozman. I heard him speak at UA and I think he is heavily involved in aid work abroad.
That would help explain why so many trips to non-touristy places.
"I had a chance to travel, actually, with Senator Boozman, to visit a program in Ethiopia, recently, called Project Mercy. Project Mercy is a local organization – Senator Jim Inhofe actually hosted us and took us on that trip; I think his daughter, Molly, is here today – and we had a chance, there, to see what some of our work together can really achieve. We met new midwives who had been trained, we met families that were receiving animals so they could manage livestock, and earn income and feed their children diets with more protein."

Plus, does anyone really think that he'd vote any different if he spent more time in Arkansas talking to Arkansans?…

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Posted by johnniec on 07/20/2016 at 12:43 AM

Re: “Neighbors gear up to oppose Nowlin Creek sewer plant

Sounds like a horrible idea all around. Here is a great example of how these types of plants workout in the long run:……

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Posted by johnniec on 07/11/2016 at 10:17 AM

Re: “State plans independent study of impact of Buffalo River watershed hog farm

From ADEQ's Hog Farm FAQ:

9. How do you define seepage? What happens to the seepage? Is it absorbed by the soil?
Answer: Permeability, or seepage, is the quantity of fluid that has passed through the
pond liner and into the soils. The design calculations for anticipated seepage are
based on USDA NRCS Part 651 -Agricultural Waste Management Field Handbook
- Chapter 10 Agricultural Waste Management System Component Design which
states, "NRCS guidance considers an acceptable initial seepage rate to be 5,000
gallons per acre per day. This higher value used for design assumes that manure
sealing will result in at least a half order of magnitude reduction in the initial

So 5,000 gallons leaking per acre per day is seen as fine and they hope it goes down to ~1,000 eventually. In short, it shouldn't come as a shock when someone finds liquid leaking into the surrounding soil from a waste lagoon.

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Posted by johnniec on 06/24/2016 at 5:47 PM

Re: “State plans independent study of impact of Buffalo River watershed hog farm

It is my understanding that lagoon "leaks" are legal and actually a feature rather than a flaw of the design. Doesn't the general permit for this operation allow thousands of gallons to "leak" from the pond daily? Should we then be surprised to find that that is happening? The more that leaks into the ground, the less time and money they have to spend on transportation and spraying elsewhere.

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Posted by johnniec on 06/24/2016 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Midnight hour: 30 Crossing study in, city letter being drafted, Metroplan releases its comments.

Let's make sure to forward all this to FHWA right when AHTD submits their materials.

I was pretty surprised at how strong the Metroplan letter was. It had lots of great statements about the need to redo the FAQ on the 30 Crossing website and stuff like this: "Reviews of the microsimulation results depict a level of congestion that is unfathomable
for the No-Build and 8-lane alternatives and an unrealistic lack of congestion for the 6+4
collector distributor alternative. The deviation of the results from a reasonable
expectation of traffic flow makes the results suspect for decision-making in their current

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Posted by johnniec on 06/09/2016 at 10:37 PM

Re: “Environmental groups criticize ADEQ for failing to put Big Creek, near C&H Hog Farm, on "impaired waters" list

I imagine this list will also not be approved by EPA, especially since another federal agency doesn't like the list. I'm not clear on what, if any, penalty there is for not getting your 303d list approved for 8 straight years. At some point EPA should do something. Arkansas needs better monitoring and data collection and they need to create an accurate and complete 303d that we can then work to address. I worked to get Fourche Creek listed and it took years of rigorous sampling by employees of a nonprofit (not ADEQ) and I had direct communications with people at ADEQ who didn't want to list it because it would make the state look bad. If a waterbody is impaired it should be listed. If it is listed it should be fixed. It sounds like Big Creek is impaired and should therefore be listed.…

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Posted by johnniec on 02/01/2016 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Environmental groups criticize ADEQ for failing to put Big Creek, near C&H Hog Farm, on "impaired waters" list

ADEQ has a long running issue with their 303(d) lists. What was the last year to actually make it past the draft phase? (Maybe 2008 or is there a more recent one?) They view new streams being listed as a sign of failure (rather than improved data collection as is sometimes the case) and work harder to change criteria in order to delist streams than they work to actually eliminate the sources of pollutants entering impaired waterbodies.……

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Posted by johnniec on 02/01/2016 at 9:01 PM

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