Environmental Groups Sue Over Dairy Farm Animal Waste

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

August 9, 2013

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Environmental Groups Sue Over Dairy Farm Animal Waste

A coalition of environmental groups is suing the state of New York to regulate industrial dairy farms and their handling of animal waste.

The coalition is suing the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for its deregulation of industrial dairy farms with 200 to 299 cows. The move allows medium-size dairy CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) to operate without a permit, which could result in untreated cow manure run-off that could contaminate nearby waters, according to a news release from the coalition.

Operating without a permit violates state and federal law, the coalition claims. The groups are represented in the lawsuit by Pace Law School's Environmental Litigation Clinic and Earthjustice.

 “The burden of the massive amounts of manure and other waste generated by industrial-sized dairy facilities is borne by the communities who live near them and by the environment,” said Eve Gartner, the Earthjustice attorney handling the case.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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