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Re: E-M:/ Vreba-Hoff says it will pay fines AFTER herd is increased

Does anyone know what brands their milk is sold under? That way I can advise others NOT to purchase it.
Edie Britt

-----Original Message-----
From: James Lang <lang.sc.oak@hotmail.com>
To: enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
Sent: Fri, 2 Jan 2009 10:59 am
Subject: E-M:/ Vreba-Hoff says it will pay fines AFTER herd is increased

#AOLMsgPart_2_170bf190-95d6-4f8d-8cd2-d2a999b658af .hmmessage P{margin:0px;padding:0px}#AOLMsgPart_2_170bf190-95d6-4f8d-8cd2-d2a999b658af body.hmmessage{font-size: 10pt;font-family:Verdana} Vreba-Hoff can afford more cows but not to pay for past violations.  This whole series of events is a travesty of justice.  When will the court act?  What are MDEQ and the AG going to do to compel compliance?  --  Jim Lang
Excerpts from Vreba-Hoff faces new penalties
By Dennis Pelham
Daily Telegram
Fri Nov 14, 2008

"...Added to penalties that were part of a lawsuit settled last year, the dairy company will owe $403,500 to the state for violating court orders and environmental regulations. Still unsettled is when the money will be paid.

The DEQ wants a court order for immediate payment. Vreba-Hoff is asking to make monthly payments after it is allowed to add nearly 1,000 cows to 6,500 now producing milk.

The penalties are recommended in a report written by retired Judge Lawrence Glazer, who was appointed last fall to mediate a dispute between Vreba-Hoff and the DEQ. The dispute involved complaints that Vreba-Hoff violated a court settlement on management and treatment of manure at the dairies...

...Judge James Giddings of 30th Circuit Court in Ingham County has been asked to decide when Vreba-Hoff must pay the new penalties. O’Donnel said a hearing was requested that he expects will be conducted before the end of this year. [2008]
In his report, Glazer said Vreba-Hoff 'asserts that it is financially impossible for it to pay any substantial penalties at present.' The dairy company asked to make monthly payments over a one-year period after the treatment systems are certified and the dairies reach their limit of 7,470 cows in production."

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