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E-M:/ New year, same old ___ in Hudson area: 275 violations close out 2007

Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan (ECCSCM) have kept track on their website (www.nocafos.org )of citations and violations by the dozen plus concentrated animal feeding operations in the Hudson area (Lenawee/ Hillsdale County border), based FOIA’s obtained in coordination with Sierra Club.  In December the tally for the number of violations by the CAFOs in this area rose to 275, with 6 NEW citations against Vreba Hoff Dairy LLC. 


Below is the most recent posting on the nocafos website:



December 2007 - 272, 273, 274. 275 - Vreba-Hoff fined $8,000 for dam safety violations under a Consent Agreement with DEQ's Land and Water Management Division, after construction of four waste lagoons/dams at the dairy facilities.
DEQ Land & Water Management Consent Agreement (December 3, 2007)

November 2007 - 271 - DEQ details violations in Vreba-Hoff Monthly Progress Reports, including "a clear and flagrant violation of the 'truck' provisions of the Interim Order." DEQ notes that Vreba-Hoff's "agreement to truck excess waste in lieu of cow removal is an important component of the Interim Order," and "Vreba-Hoff's failure to truck waste throughout the month of September" was not addressed as required.
DEQ Letter (November 14, 2007)

October 2007 - 270 - Vreba-Hoff cited for illegal discharge (apparently long-term and on-going) into South Medina Drain. DEQ samples show high levels of nitrate and E. coli in effluent from a tile coming "directly from the facility production area" and located on the south side of the headwaters of this Bean Creek tributary. This tile was not dye-tested as required by the 2004 Consent Judgment. Vreba-Hoff has until Dec. 28, 2007 to complete dye-testing.
DEQ Notice Letter (December 7, 2007)



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