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E-M:/ Ionia, MI -Proposed CAFO: comments due January 7








Date: November 24, 2004

Permit No. MI0057643

Liberty Dairy-CAFO


The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality proposes to issue a new discharge permit to: Liberty Dairy for the Liberty Dairy facility located at Meade Rd., 0.7 mi E of Orleans Rd., Orleans, Michigan 48865. The applicant proposes to construct and operate a dairy farm in the NW1/4, NW1/4, Section 27, Town 8N, Range 7W, Ionia County.

This draft permit authorizes an increased loading of pollutants to waters of the State, which will lower the water quality with respect to certain parameters. The permitted discharge shall not lower the existing water quality of the receiving water below State Water Quality Standards. In accordance with Rule 323.1098 of the Michigan Water Quality Standards, the applicant submitted an antidegradation demonstration. In addition to the proposed permit, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to accept the antidegradation demonstration as adequate.

Comments or objections to the draft permit and proposed decision regarding the antidegradation demonstration received by January 7, 2005, will be considered in the final decision to issue the permit. Persons desiring information regarding the draft permit, antidegradation demonstration, procedures for commenting, or requesting a hearing should contact: Mike Bitondo, Permits Section, Water Bureau, Department of Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 30273, Lansing, Michigan 48909, telephone: 517-335-3303, e-mail: bitondom@michigan.gov.

Copies of the public notice, antidegradation demonstration, and draft permit may be obtained via the Internet (http://www.michigan.gov/deq and on the left side of the screen click on Water, Surface Water, and NPDES Permits; then click on “Permits on Public Notice” which is under the Permits banner) or at the Water Bureau Grand Rapids District Office located at Unit 10, 350 Ottawa N.W., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503-2341, telephone: 616-356-0500.



See http://www.deq.state.mi.us/documents/deq-water-npdes-publicnotice-MI0057643.pdf for the draft permit language.


See http://www.deq.state.mi.us/documents/deq-water-npdes-publicnotice-MI0057643_AD.pdf for the antidegradation statement.





See http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3313_3682_3713-10463--,00.html for other NPDES permits on public notice in Michigan.





Rita Jack

Water Sentinels Project Director

Mackinac Chapter Sierra Club

tel:  517-484-2372




"Speak out - even if your voice shakes."