Ask Maricopa County to Deny Covance Permit
- Message from ADLA:
As you know, Covance, a contract laboratory, plans to build a large
animal testing facility in Chandler. This company has a record of
animal abuse including a recent USDA fine for violations of the Animal
Welfare Act. Covance is also the largest U.S. importer of non-human
primates, and has brought Ebola into the US, as well as other diseases
that slipped past its quarantine. The proposed Chandler facility will
house approximately 170,000 animals each year, most of which will be
killed in experiments. Covance has refused to disclose to the public
or government agencies how it plans to dispose of its diseased and
contaminated animal carcasses.
Whether Covance builds its own incinerator, contracts with another
crematory, or dumps carcasses in a landfill, it will pollute our
community's environment. There is simply no good way to dispose of
thousands of animal carcasses that have been injected with
concentrated amounts of chemicals, including pesticides and
experimental drugs. Moreover, Maricopa County has been ordered to
reduce air pollutants by December, 2007 or lose $1 billion in highway
funds. At a time when we are struggling to clean Arizona's air, it is
irresponsible to build a facility that will emit significant amounts
of toxins into our community.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Public comments are currently being accepted by Maricopa County Air
Quality Department. Please submit a brief statement concerning how
you feel Covance's proposed facility will impact our community.
Written comments must be either faxed or mailed to the agency and
received by Friday, May 4, 2007 by 5:00 p.m. (Unfortunately emails
will not be accepted).
Fax comments to Permit Engineer Sara Seuberling at (602) 506-6985
Or Mail to:
Maricopa County Air Quality Department
1001 N. Central Ave. Suite 400
Phoenix , AZ 85004
Attention: Sara Seuberling
Comments should focus specifically on Covance's air quality permit.
The County Air Quality Department needs to know that the public is
concerned about the negative impact that Covance will have on Arizona.
Below are examples of points to make. It is most effective to put
comments into your own words.
Covance's air quality permit should be denied because its application
is incomplete due to Covance's refusal to disclose how it plans to
dispose of thousands of animal carcasses that have been contaminated
with chemicals, including pesticides and experimental drugs.
Before being granted a permit Covance must disclose any plans to build
an on site incinerator, or affirmatively confirm that it has no plans
to build an incinerator, and acknowledge that such request would be a
material permit amendment, requiring full public notice, comment and
If Covance contracts with another incinerator company it must reveal
the name and location of that facility and how carcasses and waste
will be transported. Since Covance alone will be emitting more of
some toxins than all other county crematories combined, the public has
the right to know the proximity of the incinerator to residences and
Considering that Covance imports primates from a factory farm in Asia
and little is known about what agents they are exposed to, imported
primates may carry transmissible diseases not detected by quarantine.
Consideration should be given to the potential for transmission of
disease and environmental impact of incinerating diseased carcasses.
To read Covance's proposed air quality permit click here or copy and
paste this link into your server address box:
Arizona Republic article on air quality hearing:
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