Over the past two weeks I have like many others been reading over the much anticipated Draft Environment Impact Statement (DEIS) just released concerning the NBAF. If you are from Southern Granville county and haven’t read the report it is full of dirty little surprises. Here are just a few comprehensive things the writers and agencies of the report either forget to include, just plain got it wrong or cannot think for one minute the locals will let it happen.

The DEIS has traffic on Old Highway 75 as roughly 2.2 cars per day. Old Highway 75 near where the proposed facility will be located is home to one of the largest Federal prison complexes in the US, The Butner Federal Correctional Complex and yet only 2.2 cars per day travel this road per day (DEIS 2-44, Table 2.5.1-2)  The sites are approx. 2 miles apart (3000 feet southeast from the NBAF). An aside note; Omar Abdel-Rahman, # 34892-054, the Islamist terrorist, nicknamed “The Blind Sheik”; involved in World Trade Center bombing planning in 1993, he’s there also. The Federal Prison complex has a combined prisoner population of 4287. I couldn’t find the actual employee count but I believe it is safe to say more than 2.2 cars travel Highway 75 daily, don’t you?

In all of its 1005 pages it mentions the most direct route to the site from I-85 which is Central Avenue, “TWICE” (DEIS – 3.11.7.1.1) but not in terms of increased traffic, affected environment, air quality or cumulative impacts. It only mentions Central Ave.( SR1103) and its proximity the the facility. It’s as if one would teleport from where ever and drop onto old 75. Maybe that’s some of the new technology DHS will be using.

Aerial spraying of pesticides in the Upper Neuse Watershed to prevent Rift Valley Fever? Who the hell thought that was a good idea? (Table 2.5.1-2, Page 2-42 and Paragraph 3 last sentence page 3-218 8) Mayor Meeker are you listening? It is comforting to note that; 

More recently, RVF outbreaks have occurred in Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Tanzania, although, to date, no cases in animals or humans have been reported in North America or Europe.

So let’s bring RVF to North American and see what happens once it reaches our very abundant mosquito population and don’t forget the ticks and black flies. Read Page D-9 for more.

The plans for the facility are in the “conceptual phase” and yet they have concluded that the facility itself is foolproof. No risk assessment in provided for future development at the site although it is mentioned.

Waste management is very vague, we still don’t know if they will use incinerators or create cow smoothies that’s gross I know but that is what one of the options are using alkaline hydrolysis. Consider this from Table 2.5.1.2 Pages 2-33 and 3-57. 

The proposed pathological waste disposal method for the NBAF has not been determined at this time and would be an influencing factor on facility air emissions. Three disposal methods are being considered: incineration fueled by natural gas and fitted with afterburner chambers that reduce intermediate gases and particulate matter; alkaline hydrolysis using sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide to convert biological material into a sterile aqueous solution; or rendering by converting the carcasses into carcass meal (solids), melted fat, and water using a steam-jacketed pressure vessel. Refer to Section 3.13 for additional waste disposal information. If one of the action alternatives is selected and the disposal method is determined, a state authorization would be required prior to construction and operation of that alternative.

Air quality effects would occur with construction and operation of the NBAF. Air emissions from construction activities would include construction traffic and equipment. Operation of the NBAF would result in air emissions from boilers, emergency generators, and traffic from employees and deliveries. Additional air emissions would occur from carcass and pathologic waste treatment and may include incineration, alkaline hydrolysis, or rendering. Preliminary assessments based on conservative estimates of air emissions indicate that operation of the NBAF would not likely affect regional air quality, although air permit requirements may require additional modeling once the final disposal methodology has been selected.😯

Why exactly are we bringing the Foot-and-Mouth virus on to the mainland? When it is stated that vaccines only work in the short-term. Consider this from D-6

One possible prevention measure is vaccination. However, vaccination provides immunity to the virus for only 6 months in most cases (and it is not certain if this immunity is complete). One reason for this is the virus’s high variability as it continually evolves and mutates, and there is large variation between serotypes. Therefore, vaccines must be strain specific. So it is costly to vaccinate a large number of animals twice a year. Vaccination also has trade implications. New vaccines in development may eliminate the trade barriers and reduce the number of animals needing slaughter, but those developments are not available at the time of this writing.

 As of this writing this is a good idea, How? I wish I could say I was making this up but I’m not that clever. This is straight out of a Steven King movie “Critters from the NBAF” The Final Sacrifice. If you haven’t read the report you should and every single page. More to come……..

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