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E-M:/ Newaygo County Judge backs 'factory farm' pollution rules



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 Michigan’s precious waterways.

 

Newaygo County Judge backs 'factory farm' pollution rules

 

http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2009/01/newaygo_county_judge_backs_fac.html

 

01/22/09 by Jeff Alexander | The Muskegon Chronicle

 

A Newaygo County judge has upheld a state regulation designed to prevent large "factory farms" from polluting surface waters.

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.

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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 Michigan's water resources from pollution."

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Anne Woiwode, State Director

Sierra Club Michigan Chapter

(517) 484-2372