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E-M:/ 20 Vreba-Hoff CAFOs in Ohio cited for violations
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- Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2007 10:30:02 -0400
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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
[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
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....