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E-M:/ DEQ sues CAFO

Enviro-Mich message from "Chris Grubb" <chrisgrubb@watershedcouncil.org>

Just found this on DEQ website...

Release Date: August 04, 2004  
Contact: Robert McCann (517) 241-7397 
Agency: Environmental Quality 

DEQ Files Suit against CAFO 

August 4, 2004
The Department of Environmental Quality has filed a lawsuit naming Mr.
Jan VanderHoff, doing business as VanderHoff-Haley Dairy, as a
defendant. The lawsuit was filed in the 30th Judicial Circuit for Ingham
County and alleges that Mr. VanderHoff discharged agricultural wastes
from his dairy operation to Lenawee County's Rice Lake Drain and Bovee
Drain without a permit on at least seven occasions, with the most recent
occurring on July 31, 2004. In addition, the claim alleges that these
discharges contained pollutants at concentrations that may injure the
public health and the environment.
The VanderHoff-Haley Dairy, located in Dover Township at 9864 Haley
Road, is a medium-sized concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO),
housing approximately 600 cows. CAFOs are regulated by state and federal
law as point sources that must be controlled through the National
Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitting program. Michigan has
been delegated authority by the United States Environmental Protection
Agency to implement the NPDES program within the state.
The discharge of agricultural waste to waters of the state such as the
Rice Lake Drain and Bovee Drain without a valid permit is prohibited by
Part 31, Water Resources Protection, of the Michigan Natural Resources
and Environmental Protection Act. Furthermore, discharges that are or
may become injurious to the receiving water body are also prohibited by
Part 31.
"There is no question that farming plays an important role in Michigan's
economy," said DEQ Director Steven E. Chester. "However, we cannot turn
a blind eye to the damage that CAFOs can do to Michigan's environment
when they are not run properly. CAFO owners must take action to ensure
that the waters in their neighborhood are protected from the impacts of
intensive dairy production."
Editor's note: DEQ news releases are available on the department's
Internet home page at www.michigan.gov/deq.
Revised August 4, 2004 by Pat Watson

Chris Grubb, Policy Associate
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
426 Bay Street
Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 347-1181 ext. 118
fax: (231) 347-5928
email: chrisgrubb@watershedcouncil.org

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