HOPE is a coalition of residents of the City of Maricopa concerned about public health and welfare.  Members of the organization live and work in Pinal County and have justifiable concerns about the health impacts of PM2.5 and PM10 emissions.  In particular, they are concerned about the public health risks posed by the numerous CAFOs located within or near the City of Maricopa

What kinds of pollutions come from these huge factory farms, which are also known as Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)? 

We do know for a fact that the monitor at Cowtown is capturing and monitoring
PM2.5 and PM10 and is exceeding 222 days out of the year for 2007.  The main contributor of the Particulates is the feedlots; this has been confirmed by Pinal County Air Quality Control District, ADEQ and EPA.  Other toxic gases are; Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S), Ammonia (NH3) and Methane which are a huge concern, but these gases are not monitored in Maricopa.

The residents of Maricopa are breathing unhealthy air and that is a fact!

HOPE wants to educate the residents on the seriousness of this toxic air situation.  By educating the residents and growing HOPE larger in numbers, we pull together to have Pinal County Air Quality Control District to purchase a monitoring system for Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) and Ammonia (NH3).  We need to know the levels of exposure we are experiencing from these toxic gases.

If we don’t know what levels of exposure we are experiencing, who does? 

Our city government? Pinal County Air Quality Control District? ADEQ? EPA?   

We believe no one will know until our government officials invest in an H2S monitor to collect air samples.  

Isn’t it our government’s job to protect the public health and welfare?

Standing together - changed can be made and voices can be heard.  Too many of our children are being put on nebulizers to treat breathing related issues.

Additional links on information about Factory Farms and the harm they cause to public health and the environment.http://www.factoryfarm.org/?page_id=19http://www.ncifap.org/http://www.ncifap.org/_images/ReportReactionFinal.pdf