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full article:  http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007707210403
Megafarm is cited on water issues at 20 Ohio dairy sites

By TOM HENRY
BLADE STAFF WRITER


   [snip]     Vreba-Hoff is in trouble with a state regulator again - this time it's the Ohio Attorney General's Office over the construction and development of 20 dairy sites in the Buckeye State.
                In a 40-page complaint filed yesterday in Fulton County Common Pleas Court, Attorney General Marc Dann cited violations pertaining to stormwater issues dating to 1999 at dairies in Fulton, Henry, Wood, Defiance, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, Williams, Hardin, Marion, and Madison counties. The complaint seeks up to $10,000 a day per violation.
                In some cases, dairies neglected to get state permits for discharging stormwater. In others, they got them after the fact, when construction was either under way or finished - or else they violated the conditions of them.
                The permits, issued by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency as a requirement of the federal Clean Water Act, are supposed to be obtained before construction begins to show regulators there is a responsible plan for keeping excess sediment from flowing into area streams after rain..
                They're especially important during construction because that's when land is cleared and moved.
                In June, a judge in Michigan Circuit Court ordered Vreba-Hoff's two dairy megafarms near Hudson, Mich., to install new wastewater treatment equipment and limit their herd to what the equipment can handle. That order ended months of court-ordered mediation between the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Vreba-Hoff Dairy LLC over violations stemming from ongoing manure-management issues in Lenawee and Hillsdale counties....