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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1345         FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 686


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Carolyn C. Dykema


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to ensure appropriate regulation of piggeries.






Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Paul A. Schmid, III

8th Bristol

Stephen Kulik

1st Franklin

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1345        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 686

By Ms. Dykema of Holliston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 686) of Carolyn C. Dykema and others for legislation to further regulate the operation of piggeries based on their impact on air and water quality.  Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act to ensure appropriate regulation of piggeries.

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              Section 143 of chapter 111 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after the last sentence:-

              “However, no piggery shall be prohibited or closed absent any significant and persistent impact on air or water quality, or reasonable cause to believe that such impacts will occur. In determining whether piggeries or proposed piggeries pose or may pose significant and persistent impacts,  boards shall rely on guidance and standards produced by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service or other appropriate guidance and standards as identified by the Department of Agricultural Resources.”

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