'Windshield inspection' prompts poultry farm investigation
Based on â€œwindshield inspections,â€ meaning that
officials drove by the farm and noticed something, the EPA will be investigating
farms in Delaware (US).
â€œWe don't have any idea of what they saw or what they think they saw that
caused these farms to be chosen,â€ Scuse said. Scuse said it was upsetting that
there was no warning given for the first two inspections in Delaware. â€œWe were
aware they were coming to the state, but we didn't know where they were going
until they called the morning of,â€ he said.
The Delaware Nutrient Management Commission
sent a letter to the
EPA, asking for several considerations. The EPA will give 48 hours notice of the
farms they want to inspect, and a list of what the inspectors want to see. The
agency also will practice biosecurity while on a farm and that at the very
least, a preliminary report would be released within 30 days of the inspection,
detailing what they found.
â€œWe're being told that this is a national initiative,â€ Scuse said, to his
knowledge, Delaware and Maryland are the only two states in the region that have
received inspections thus far. Speaking with his counterparts in New Jersey,
Virginia and West Virginia, the random, unannounced inspections have not taken
place in those states. The Delaware congressional delegation also are asking
questions about the inspections, trying to ensure that the industry is treated
â€œWe don't think these inspections are necessary,â€ Scuse said. â€œOur program
should be a model for the rest of the country to use. This is disruptive and
harmful to the whole industry.â€
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