Coalition for an Affordable Bay Solution (CABS) Launches Website

  Coalition for an Affordable Bay Solution (CABS) Launches Website

Business Wire

MANHEIM, Pa. -- April 12, 2013

The Coalition for an Affordable Bay Solution (CABS) announces the launch of
its website, AffordableBaySolutions.org, which enables supporters to sign-on
in support of its policy and legislative efforts. The website will
continuously update its progress and post proposed legislation once
introduced.

The founding members of the Coalition represent both Chesapeake Bay and
national technology providers and industry participants, and include Bion
Environmental Technologies, Inc; JBS, SA; Kreider Farms; and Fair Oaks Farms.
The head of the Coalition is Ed Schafer, Bion’s Vice Chairman and former US
Secretary of Agriculture and Governor of North Dakota.

CABS supports the creation of a competitively bid nitrogen trading program in
Pennsylvania as a potential national model. The program will enable private
sector agriculture to solve the excess nutrient issue which the US
Environmental Protection Agency now calls the biggest water quality problem in
the nation today.

The expensive public sector municipal waste and storm water solutions
currently being imposed on states are economically unsustainable and cannot
meet EPA mandated reduction targets. CABS seeks legislative policy change that
will enable private sector agriculture to provide reductions at up to 80%
lower cost than existing public sector solutions. The proposed competitive
bidding program will enable all sources (public and private; point and
non-point) to participate in solving this national problem in a cost effective
and affordable manner.

According to a recent report by the bi-partisan Pennsylvania Legislature,
Budget & Finance Committee, a competitively-bid nitrogen program could reduce
Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay nutrient compliance costby as much as 80%,
representing a projected mandated compliance savings by 2025 in excess of
$1.5B annually.

Kreider Farms, located in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County, has experienced
remarkable results after implementation of a livestock waste treatment system,
in collaboration with Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. “In addition to
significant cost-saving, the programs CABS supports would provide improvements
to our local public health and quality of life, and stimulate economic
activity in our communities,” said Ron Kreider, president and CEO and the
third-generation family leader of Kreider Farms.

For more information on CABS, please visit www.AffordableBaySolutions.org. For
more information about Bion, please visit www.biontech.com. For more
information on Kreider Farms, please visit www.kreiderfarms.com.

Contact:

Coalition for an Affordable Bay Solution (CABS)
Laura Koster, 610-254-7432
lkoster@btcmarketing.com
 
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