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Take action: Protect Against Feedlot Contaminates
 
Can you imagine walking the new Minidoka trails while swatting flies... looking for a name on the Honor Roll with the smell of manure in the air?
 
Over the last three years, the Friends of Minidoka (FoM) has been fighting the building of an 8,000-head Confined Animal Feedlot Operation (CAFO) just 1.2 miles from Minidoka. FoM performed an air-quality study, which showed that the smell of the cattle and feces would blow directly through Minidoka. In addition, there are possible water and soil contaminates that would damage the historical artifacts and site features at Minidoka.
 
The Friends of Minidoka is part of a coalition to stop the CAFO. Other coalition members include: Idaho Concerned Area Residents for the Environment, Idaho Rural Council, and the Dimond and Sloan families (Minidoka's neighbors).
 
In 2011, our lawyers went to court to request that the CAFO permitting process be reevaluated. Despite the coalition's belief that there are good grounds to revoke the permit, Judge Elgee of Jerome County rendered a verdict siding with the CAFO owners. In September, the coalition filed a notice to appeal his decision. Earlier this year, we had a hearing with the Idaho Supreme Court for that appeal. In July, we found out that we lost our appeal.
 
Although there is no further legal option for Friends of Minidoka, the National Park Service and the US Government have opportunities to continue further. We just need to get their attention for Minidoka.
 
WE NEED YOUR HELP IN THIS FIGHT:
 
WRITE Letters! Let's make noise for Minidoka.
 
Use our sample letter (download Word .doc example)
 
You can help by writing to: (addresses are listed below)
In your letter, include these three points:
Below are the addresses of Secretary Salazar, the National Park Service and State Legislators. Letters calling for action from the Justice Department are imperative to preserving Minidoka.
 
Contact Information:
 
Secretary of Interior
Secretary Ken Salazar
Department of Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
 
National Park Service
Jonathan Jarvis, Director
202-208-3818 / Jon_Jarvis@nps.gov
 
Legislators:
 
Rep. Norm Dicks (WA)
2467 Rayburn HOB
Washington DC 20515
 
Rep. Jim McDermott (WA)
1035 Longworth HOB
Washington DC 20515
 
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR)
2338 Rayburn HOB
Washington DC 20515
 
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR)
1502 Longworth HOB
Washington DC 20515
 
Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR)
314 Cannon HOB
Washington DC 20515
 
Rep. Mike Simpson (ID)
2312 Rayburn HOB
Washington DC 20515
 
Rep. Raul Labrador (ID)
1523 Longworth HOB
Washington DC 20515
 
Rep. Mike Honda (CA)
1713 Longworth HOB
Washington DC 20515
 
Sen. Patty Murray (WA)
448 Russell Senate Office Bldg
Washington DC 20510
 
Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA)
311 Hart Senate Office Bldg
Washington DC 20510
 
Sen. Daniel Inouye (HI)
722 Hart Senate Office Bldg
Washington DC 20510
 
Sen. Mike Crapo (ID)
239 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg
Washington DC 20510
 
Sen. James E. Risch (ID)
483 Russell Senate Office Bldg
Washington DC 20510
 
Sen. Ron Wyden (OR)
221 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg
Washington DC 20510-3703
 
Sen. Jeff Merkley (OR)
313 Hart Senate Office Bldg
Washington DC 20510
 
Press Release from July 7, 2012