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Thank You QC Times. Q-CAT
Opponents of East Molines hog-processing plant project have launched a Web site.
Information about why the Quad-Cities Citizens Against Triumph group is against the project led by Missouri-based Triumph Foods, is posted online at www.q-cat.org.
Triumph plans to break ground this summer at the site along Barstow Road in East Moline.
I recieved a response from the Dispatch and the Argus December 11.
You make your own judgement as to if they will let the public know about this site?
No word from the Times yet, but I heard my contact was gone for the moment.
Sincerely, Art Norris
I'm not an editor, but I'm forwarding your e-mails to Rock Island Argus
managing editor Roger Ruthhart, at [email protected], and The
Dispatch managing editor Russ Scott, [email protected] You can send
future e-mails to those addresses as well.
I noticed that you sent these e-mails to the Dispatch/Argus and others.
I was wondering if you were also or already had sent these e-mails to
the Quad-City Times.
The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus
Dear Mr. Norris,
Thanks for taking the time to e-mail us regarding The Dispatch and The Rock
Island Argus coverage of the Triumph pork plant. We believe our coverage has
been (and will continue to be) complete, fair and balanced.
Our staff is encouraged to include with all stories links where readers can
find additional information about an issue. I have reminded our staff to
include the web page addresses of your organization, the city, Triumph
Foods, and other pertinent sources when possible. That does not mean that
any or all will appear with every item we run concerning this (or any other)
Again, thanks for taking the time to e-mail us.
The Rock Island Argus
Saturday, December 9, 2006
To the Editors of the Moline Dispatch/Rock Island Argus and the Quad Cities Times:
Pursuant to the United States Constitution, we are to have in this country a free press. It is therefore your duty to the citizens to whom you report the news that you report it in a fair, balanced and truthful manner. As you can see from the e-mail below which was received by our website just this week from a Moline resident, there are those in the Quad Cities who do not believe that the two local newspapers are reporting the truth about the Triumph hog plant issue, i.e., about the negative affects that accompany this industry. Apparently there are, however, newspapers in the surrounding areas which are not ham-strung by the politics that dominate the Quad Cities, and are therefore willing to print the truth about this issue. They embody the very essence of a free press. In fact, just today the Media Representative for Q-CAT (Quadcities Citizens Against Triumph), Mrs. Dawn Marner, was interviewed by the Galesburg Register Mail for half an hour. An article will be forthcoming from that interview, as well as the mention of Q-CATs web address www.q-cat.org, unlike your two newspapers which have kept the sites address conspicuously missing from your respective publications.
At this time, I ask that you both respond to this e-mail and state the date it was sent to you. Perhaps the failure by both papers to print our web address in the articles in your papers about last Monday nights East Moline City Council meeting was an oversight. If so, you have the opportunity now to correct it. You/your reporters have looked at this website, received from us printed material about Triumph Foods/Seaboard Foods, CEO Rick Hoffman, the proposed hog plant and the hog industry in general; and lastly, done a number of interviews with us, the opponents. You know the truth and you know your responsibilities to the public. Now demonstrate it by what you do next.
Art Norris, Environmental Liaison
Quadcities Citizens Against Triumph (Q-CAT)
E-mail from Moline resident to Q-CAT website, received 12/8/06
Grateful to know the truth: Thank you so much Q-CAT and its webmasters for getting this information out to us. We have obviously been lied to (by omission) and sold out by our officials in every city of the Illinois Quad Cities except Silvis. I for one, will express how I feel about that at the next election. It also appears that the area press has purposely left us in the dark as well, or at least not provided us with any facts against the plant. Perhaps it is time for someone to seriously consider starting a new newspaper in this area, one that will engage in fair, unbiased and balanced distribution of the news. I live in Moline and originally thought the plant would be good for the area, but I can now see because of your website that it would be the worst thing ever to happen to our community. Our community leaders should be voted out of office for getting us into this! Thank you Silvis aldermen for the insight and courage you displayed last spring, and again, thank you Q-CAT and your webmasters for opening our eyes to the truth. You are to be commended.
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SomeTriumph Foods Union Workers Say Contract is Unfair and Biased
Local laborers with Triumph Foods go on the record tonight to complain about what they call "preferential treatment" for their fellow hispanic employees who number 800 strong. That`s according to one company higher-up who fears retribution if named.
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E.M. mayor denies anti-Triumph man chance to speak at council meeting
By Jenny Lee
September 5, 2006
Activist Art Norris stood up to talk to the aldermen during the five minutes designated for audience participation at the council meeting, but Mayor Thodos swiftly interrupted Mr. Norris, saying he had allowed Mr. Norris to pass out a photocopied letter voicing concerns about animal factory farms.
In the past, Mayor Thodos had let vocal pork-plant opponents talk to aldermen at meetings. This time, Mayor Thodos questioned Mr. Norris, who lives in unincorporated
"You don't live in
Mr. Norris protested.
Straining his neck, Mayor Thodos asked, "Are there any
Hearing nobody else, Mayor Thodos promptly moved on to the next item on the agenda. Mr. Norris walked out of the room.
Outside the council chambers, Mr. Norris said he pays
After the council meeting, Mayor Thodos acknowledged that he had let Mr. Norris speak at meetings before. But much of Mr. Norris' discussion was usually "anti-Triumph," the mayor said.
"We know what Norris has to say," Mayor Thodos said. "It's unfair to us to show up five minutes before the meeting and pass out literature and expect us to discuss it."
Mr. Norris passed out copies of a letter written by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., president of Waterkeeper Alliance. The
Opponents fear a pork processing plant would encourage hog farmers to set up facilities in the area, bringing concerns that waste from farms could contaminate groundwater. Triumph and city officials have said the area would not have an increase in large-scale hog farms because the company would process hogs reared by its owners.
Triumph wants to build a 620,000-square-foot pork plant in
Mr. Norris said he believes the $16 million should be used to repair the city's water and sanitary-sewer systems. Two months ago, the city proposed raising water and sewer rates to pay for about $38 million in improvements to the water and sanitary-sewer systems.
Pork-plant foes seek environmental study
By Amy Thon
September 20, 2006
The coalition, called Quadcities Citizens Against Triumph (Q-CAT), has support from the Sierra Club and the Waterkeeper Alliance in its efforts to keep Triumph from building a $135 million, 620,000-square-foot pork-processing plant at
"We demand a full (environmental impact statement) be done," said Dawn Marner, media representative for the coalition. "This is huge for our community. This is not just a
A spokesman with the Corps said it is too premature to make a decision on whether an environmental impact statement, or EIS, is necessary because it hasn't yet received the application from Triumph to determine whether a permit is necessary.
The plant would employ more than 1,000 and eventually would have the capacity to slaughter and process 16,000 hogs a day. Construction could begin next year and the plant could open in 2009.
In a letter to John Betker, regulatory project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the group states its reasons for requesting the impact statement:
"There are significant environmental concerns about the construction and operation of the proposed plant. Its intended site on the Rock River floodplain presents the risk of unacceptable loss of this critical resource, and the probability that hundreds of new Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) will be built within the three-state region surrounding, and providing animals to the proposed site, will likely create pollution problems of an unprecedented scope for the region."
If a project will impact
"In this case there are wetlands out there. There may be water of the
At this point, Triumph hasn't filed a complete application, so the Corps has not made a decision on whether a permit will be necessary, Mr. Betker said.
"We have no plans on the building or any site plans," he said.
If the Corps determines the project needs a permit, the EIS could be part of the permit process.
The EIS is a disclosure process the looks at all of the possible public interest factors of the project and looks for alternatives, Mr. Betker said.
With each permit that is issued, the Corps must decide whether the project will have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment. To help make that decision, an environmental impact statement can be done, Mr. Betker said.
"When there are other impacts or large impacts that might affect the quality of the human environment, then you have to make a decision whether to write an EIS," Mr. Betker said. "It's a federal decision."
The Corps follows regulatory guidelines under the National Environmental Policy Act to determine whether an EIS is necessary. Factors like economics, water quality, pollution, noise and traffic are considered, Mr. Betker said.
"We consider public input in that decision process," he said. "We also consider all the different reasons and factors why they may think an EIS is necessary."
The Corps, however, has to be consistent with other developments in the area and other developments in the nation, he said. They will look at whether an EIS was written for similar projects.
"(The Corps) can go through an EIS process and still issue a permit," Mr. Betker said. "It's not a yes or no document. It's a disclosure document."
"We haven't seen any applications. We haven't had any discussions with them about alternatives to avoid the impacts," Mr. Betker said. "We're way premature at this time in making any kind of decision on this kind of action."
Art Norris, environmental liaison for the Q-CAT coalition, said an EIS would hold Triumph accountable for any future environmental problems.
"We want to protect our river," he said. "We aim to fight."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACTS:
June 1, 2006 Cheryle Jackson 312/814.3158 (office)
Abby Ottenhoff 312/814.3158 (office)
Rebecca Rausch 217/782.7355 (office)
Gerardo Cardenas 312/814.3158 (office)
Andrew Ross 312/814.8193 (DCEO)
Jerry Lehenbauer 816/396.2802 (Triumph)
GOV. BLAGOJEVICH ANNOUNCES TRIUMPH FOODS WILL BUILD $135
MILLION, STATE-OF-THE-ART PROCESSING PLANT IN EAST MOLINE
CHICAGO Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced the awarding of almost $16 million in Opportunity Returns support for Triumph Foods, a pork processing company headquartered in St. Joseph, Missouri, to locate a new, state-of-the-art processing plant in East Moline. The project will create an estimated 350 new jobs by 2009 and a total of 1,000 new jobs by 2010. The investment package comes as a part of Opportunity Returns, the Governors comprehensive economic development strategy to create jobs and build the economy in Northwest Illinois. We are always looking for opportunities to attract new companies and new jobs to Illinois. Triumph Foods is investing $135 million to build this state-of-the-art facility that will eventually bring at least 1,000 new jobs to Northwest Illinois. This is the largest regional economic development project in many, many years, and it is another strong signal of the economic progress we are making here. By investing in companies that are investing in Illinois, we are also helping people build better lives, Gov. Blagojevich said.
Triumph Foods is investing $135 million to build the 620,000 square foot plant, which will be located on 116 acres in East Moline. Construction is expected to begin the spring of 2007 with occupancy anticipated by the first quarter of 2009. The new plant will be a pork processing facility only, with no hog confinement planned. The plant will feature innovative, new automated processes to address negative community impacts traditionally associated with pork processing facilities.
With its large, available workforce, central location and great road and air access, the Quad Cities region is an excellent fit for us and was the best choice for our new, state-of-the art processing plant. The decision was also made easier because of the strong state and local partnership that exists here, so I want to thank Gov. Blagojevich and all of the local partners who helped make this a reality for us, said Rick Hoffman, CEO of
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACTS:
March 16, 2006 Cheryle Jackson 312/814.3158 (office)
Abby Ottenhoff 312/814.3158 (office)
Rebecca Rausch 217/782.7355 (office)
Gerardo Cardenas 312/814.3158 (office)
Andrew Ross 312/814.8193 (DCEO)
GOV. BLAGOJEVICH ANNOUNCES $67,000 IN OPPORTUNITY RETURNS
PLANNING GRANTS FOR NORTHWEST ILLINOIS INFRASTRUCTURE
CHICAGO Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced $67,000 in planning grants that will help communities across Northwest Illinois improve their water, sewer and sanitation infrastructure. This aggressive effort to improve the quality of infrastructure and public facilities comes as a part of the Governors Opportunity Returns initiative, his comprehensive, pro-active strategy for restoring economic opportunity to the Northwest region.
Investing in our infrastructure is critical to securing a stronger and brighter future for our state. These planning grants will help build more vibrant, livable communities across Northwest Illinois that are better equipped to attract investment and support business growth and retention. Community by community, well continue working on the frontlines to expand economic opportunity and create a better quality of life for our working families, Gov. Blagojevich said.
The funds for this initiative are part of the Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP), a federally-funded grant program that assists Illinois communities by providing grants to local governments to help them in financing economic development, public facilities and housing rehabilitation projects. The program is targeted to assist low-to-moderate income people by creating job opportunities and improving the quality of their living environment. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) administers the program.
Northwest Illinois is an outstanding place to live and work, but we must continue to enhance our public infrastructure to enhance economic opportunity. These grants will help upgrade the regions infrastructure, which will mean more business growth and new jobs down the line. Gov. Blagojevich and I believe this is another great example of how, by working together, we can help Northwest Illinois reach its economic potential, said State Senator Mike Jacobs (D-East Moline).
Gov. Blagojevich and I believe that creating greater economic opportunity begins with strengthening the core foundation of our communities. By providing these Opportunity Returns grants, communities throughout the region will be able to make essential improvements to their infrastructure, which means a better economic climate for this entire region, said State Rep. Mike Boland (D-Moline).
This Opportunity Returns grant is a great example of how innovative partnerships between state and local government can accomplish key objectives that make an immediate and tangible impact in individual communities. These are investments that will improve the foundation of our region and position it for more vigorous economic growth down the road," said State Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley).
Gov. Blagojevich has developed the following objectives for the CDAP program:
Strengthen community economic development through the creation of jobs, stimulation of private investment and strengthening the tax base;
Improvement of public infrastructure and elimination of conditions which are detrimental to health, safety and public welfare; and
Conservation and expansion of the state's housing stock in order to provide a decent home and a suitable living environment for persons of low-to-moderate income and the developmentally disabled.
The CDAP Planning Assistance grants may be used for a variety of planning activities that are construction oriented and focus on the needs of low-to-moderate income persons in the community. Eligible planning activities include: studies, data gathering analyses, preparation of specific plans and identification of implementing actions. Planning projects that address problems of a health and safety nature, such as water and sewer problems, are a funding priority under this component.
The Northwest regions grantees are:
Village of Apple River Study wastewater treatment system, develop action plan 24,000
Jo Daviess City of Oglesby Prepare facility plan for wastewater treatment 20,000
LaSalle City of Savanna Study sanitary sewer system, develop action plan 23,000
Carroll Total: $67,000
The greatest strength of Gov. Blagojevichs regional approach to economic development is that it allows us to focus on the unique needs of individual communities, and target our assistance to specific projects that local leaders have identified as being critical to economic revitalization. These grants are a great example of this idea at work, and will allow vast improvements to be made where they are needed the most, DCEO Director Jack Lavin said.
Gov. Blagojevichs Opportunity Returns regional economic development strategy is the most aggressive, comprehensive approach to creating jobs in Illinois history. Since a one-size-fits-all approach to economic development just doesnt work, the Governor has divided the state into 10 regions each with a regional team that is empowered and expected to rapidly respond to opportunities and challenges. Opportunity Returns is
about tangible, specific actions to make each region more accessible, more marketable, more entrepreneurial and more attractive to businesses. It is about upgrading the skills of the local workforce, increasing the access to capital, opening new markets, improving infrastructure, and creating and retaining jobs. Opportunit Returns is about successfully partnering with companies and communities, both large and small, to help all of Illinois reach its economic potential.