Georgia HB 545 restricts property owners from filing a nuisance claim against an industrial agricultural operation. If a Chinese concentrated hog farming operation like those in North Carolina moves in next door, you may have no recourse if this law passes. Smells from pools of animal waste, pesticide drift, or underground contamination of your well water: all these things can travel for miles, and this bill could prevent you from objecting to them.
In Georgia, people are living a “lightmare” from mega-greenhouses owned by an international conglomerate.
HB 545 would prevent property owners from protecting their own property values. Existing law already protects agricultural operations from neighbors who move in next to the farm. This bill favors newly arriving, disruptive industrial agricultural operations over long-established property owners.
Follow this link to send a message today to your Senator and the Governor to VOTE NO on HB 545. Protect rural property rights.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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