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LETTER: Extra nitrates in your water?

(metro creative)

To the Editor:

How do you like your drinking water?

Agropur is preparing to serve water up with an extra serving of nitrates from their Hamlin County cheese processing plant and, according to a June 1 post in the Dakota Free Press, the county commission is willing to violate state law to allow the Canadian company to dispose of two million gallons of wastewater per day through a public right of way and into the Big Sioux River.

To make matters worse, an article in the June 1 edition of the Argus Leader reveals the state has no maximum standard for nitrates. However, Congress passed the federal Safe Drinking Water Act in 1974 and the Environmental Protection Agency set the Maximum Contaminant Level of nitrate as nitrogen at 10 parts per million for the safety of drinking water. Each state is responsible for enforcing the standard.

Agriculture might claim to be #1 in South Dakota but the people have a right to safe clean drinking water. Any agribusiness which cannot operate and keep water safe needs to find a new business.

Mark Winegar