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Don't shovel all the bay's woes on farmers

As a dairy farmer, I am getting the bare minimum — a price set by the federal government — for my milk while continuing to pay top dollar for feed and fuel. I am so tired of reading about farmers polluting the Chesapeake Bay.

I don't know a single dairy farmer who can afford to dump chemicals in the bay. Most of the dairy farmers have been forced out of business in Maryland. Why is it OK for these sewage treatment plants to repeatedly dump in the bay and no one says a word? They have mechanical or electrical failures over and over and nothing. No fines, not a single shut down. Aberdeen has had several problems, but I remember swimming in Bush River before it became polluted.

The airports use liquid nitrogen to de-ice the planes and runways. Where does all the liquid nitrogen go? Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is located near the Chesapeake Bay while I am over an hour away. You never see anyone talk about all the road salt going into the water or the nitrogen from the airports or the raw sewage spills polluting the bay. Why can't someone do some reporting on these pollutants?

Sue Nash

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