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Colorado Regulation of Commercial Hog Facilities, Initiative 14 (1998)

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The Colorado Regulation of Commercial Hog Facilities Initiative, also known as Initiative 14, was on the November 3, 1998 ballot in Colorado as an initiated state statute, where it was approved. The measure created regulations for hog facilities which house 800,000 or more pounds of swine, including specifications for waste disposal and water quality protections.[1]


Election results

Amendment 14
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 790,825 64.21%
No440,76635.79%

Election results via: Colorado State Legislative Council, Ballot History

Text of measure

Figure 1: Pigs move toward feeding troughs at a commercial hog farm.

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

An amendment to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning regulation of housed commercial swine feeding operations which can house 800,000 or more pounds of swine or which are deemed commercial under local law, and, in connection therewith, conditioning operation, construction, or expansion of a housed commercial swine feeding operation on receipt of an individual discharge permit from the department of public health and environment; directing the water quality control commission to adopt rules regarding the construction, operation, and management of and waste disposal by such operations; providing that such rules shall require that land application of waste from such operations shall not exceed the nutritional requirements of the plants on that land and shall minimize runoff and seepage of such waste; providing that such rules shall require that such operations not be permitted to degrade the physical attributes or value of state trust lands, make immediate reports of spills or contamination to state and county health departments, and monitor land-applied waste from such operations and report thereon to the state health department; authorizing fees on such operations to offset direct and indirect costs of the program; authorizing local governments to impose more restrictive requirements; requiring that such operations employ technology to minimize odor emissions; requiring operations to cover waste impoundments that do not use air or oxygen in their waste treatment method, and to recover, incinerate, or manage odorous gases therefrom; establishing minimum distances between new land waste application sites or impoundments and occupied dwellings, schools, and municipal boundaries; and providing for enforcement of these provisions by the state or any person who may be adversely affected.

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