Congratulations to the MI DEQ for an
important court victory against efforts by the Farm Bureau and large
agribusiness associations that assures that concentrated animal feeding
operations are going to still be treated the same as other potentially
polluting industries. It seems like it is time for the Farm Bureau to
stop trying to gut the laws and work with their members to figure out how to
clean up CAFOs, build better livestock operations, and protect
01/22/09 by Jeff Alexander | The
The Michigan Farm Bureau and other farm groups challenged whether the state Department of Environmental Quality could require all concentrated animal feeding operations, known as CAFOs, to obtain pollution discharge permits.
In a written ruling issued earlier this week, Newaygo County Circuit Court Judge Anthony Monton sided with the DEQ.
"The enabling (law) for this rule provides
the DEQ the legal authority to regulate potential discharges of animal waste
from CAFOs," the judge said in his eight-page opinion. "The rule is
rationally related to the DEQ's responsibility ... to protect
Anne Woiwode, State Director