by Karyn Zoldan
I got this interesting e-mail from the Animal Defense League of Arizona ...
ADLA ALERT: ASK MARICOPA COUNTY TO DENY COVANCE PERMIT!
Last night (April 30, 2006) ADLA and other groups spoke out at the Maricopa County Air Quality Department’s hearing on Covance’s proposed air quality permit.
As you know, Covance, a contract laboratory, plans to build a large animal testing facility in Chandler. This company has a record of animal abuse including a recent USDA fine for violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
Covance is also the largest U.S. importer of non-human primates, and has brought Ebola into the US, as well as other diseases that slipped past its quarantine. The proposed Chandler facility will house approximately 170,000 animals each year, most of which will be killed in experiments. Covance has refused to disclose to the public or government agencies how it plans to dispose of its diseased and contaminated animal carcasses.
Whether Covance builds its own incinerator, contracts with another crematory, or dumps carcasses in a landfill, it will pollute our community’s environment. There is simply no good way to dispose of thousands of animal carcasses that have been injected with concentrated amounts of chemicals, including pesticides and experimental drugs. Moreover, Maricopa County has been ordered to reduce air pollutants by December, 2007 or lose $1 billion in highway funds. At a time when we are struggling to clean Arizona’s air, it is irresponsible to build a facility that will emit significant amounts of toxins into our community.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Public comments are currently being accepted by Maricopa County Air Quality Department. Please submit a brief statement concerning how you feel Covance’s proposed facility will impact our community. Written comments must be either faxed or mailed to the agency and received by Friday, May 4, 2007 by 5:00 p.m. (Unfortunately emails will not be accepted).
Fax comments to Permit Engineer Sara Seuberling at (602) 506-6985
Maricopa County Air Quality Department
1001 N. Central Ave. Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Attention: Sara Seuberling
Comments should focus specifically on Covance’s air quality permit. The County Air Quality Department needs to know that the public is concerned about the negative impact that Covance will have on Arizona. Below are examples of points to make. It is most effective to put comments into your own words.
Covance’s air quality permit should be denied because its application is incomplete due to Covance's refusal to disclose how it plans to dispose of thousands of animal carcasses that have been contaminated with chemicals, including pesticides and experimental drugs.