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(en) US, California: Shut Down the Modesto Tallow Plant!

Date Tue, 20 Sep 2005 13:57:06 +0300


Recentally, organizers and supports of the DAAA Collective, (Direct
Action Anti-Authoritarians - www.modanarcho.tk), came out to support
a community organized protest against the Modesto Tallow Plant. Support
from the community was amazing, honks and giving us the thumbs up.
Full report from the protest here: http://www.indybay.org/news/2005/09/1766670.php
SHUT DOWN THE TALLOW PLANT!
The Modesto Tallow Plant, (located on the south side of Modesto,
off of Crows Landing road), is a facility open since 1917, that renders
dead animals and oil from fast food companies into animal feed and
other products. In doing so, the Modesto plant creates a horrible
smell of dead animals, and the rendering process which turns them
into products. When the plant was first built, the plant did not have
many neighbors, but since 1948, a nearby school has existed only a
couple blocks away. Children, local businesses, and people living
near the plant suffer day in and day out from the horrible smell,
despite sometimes daily complaints against it, and large amounts of
charges for violating air pollution laws. The plant now is facing a
lawsuit of almost ¾ of a million dollars, forcing the plant back into
the news, and manifesting local resistance against it.
The Tallow Plant is also a glaring instance of environmental racism
in a poor and working class community. The owner of the plant lives
in Texas, far away from the smell, and disassociated from the
destruction that the plant is causing. The city, while fining the plant
repeatedly, has also not taken serious action to ensure that the plant
will be shut down, or at the very least brought up to par to ensure
that it will stop releasing the disgusting smell. It is hard to imagine a
Tallow Plant existing anywhere else than in a poor community that
is populated largely by working class, and people of color. This is an
example of racism at work, when a large company uses it’s
power to continue operating in an area that it thinks can not defend
itself.

Some Facts About the Tallow Plant:
-Modesto Tallow has violated more air pollution laws than any
company in the San Joaquin Valley. Their violations include creating
a public nuisance, malfunctioning equipment, and failure to render
animal carcasses within 24 hours.
-Half of the $1.4 million dollars that Modesto Tallow owes various
agencies in fines has not been paid.
-Modesto Tallow refuses to pay at least ¾ of a million dollars
dating since 2002.
-The company has failed to pay property taxes.
-In 2003 Modesto Tallow was sued for leaking blood and animal
parts into roads by the facility.
-In 2005, Modesto Tallow refused to clean up animal parts, (guts,
hooves, etc), that trucks going to the facility left in by the near by
school.
-Modesto Tallow was also suspended in Oregon in 2003 and 2004
for violating the clean water act, polluting rivers with chicken waste.
-Odor from the plant is bad at night and on weekends, when district
officials aren’t able to investigate.
-Students at the nearby school suffer with headaches, vomiting, and
poor school scores.
-Diary and feed industries pressure state lawmakers to pass favorable
laws towards rendering plants, protecting places like Modesto
Tallow from shutting down or fines. These laws are cited by
Modesto Tallow as proof that they do not have to pay administrative
fines. (All info taken from Modesto Bee).

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
-If you live in the local area, and the smell affects you,
Call1-800-281-7003, which is the air district’s complaint hotline.
-Make copies of this flyer, and share it with others.
-Call the Modesto Tallow Plant and complain! (209) 522-7224.
-Email us at: modanarcho@yahoo.com, and stay up on information
about actions against the Tallow Plant.

DAAA Collective - www.modanarcho.tk


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