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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>

March 10, 2009  

Contact:  Robert McCann
               (517) 241-7397

Permits Issued to Bustorf and Waldron Dairies

The Department of Environmental Quality announced today that it has
issued water discharge permits to the Bustorf Dairy in Leonidas
Township, St. Joseph County, and the Waldron Dairy in Wright Township,
Hillsdale County.  The DEQ's decision follows a review of public
comments and supporting information to determine whether the permits met
the standards contained within federal and state water quality

Waldron Dairy plans to expand their existing facility from 630 dairy
cows to 2,230 dairy cows and 600 heifers, while Bustorf Dairy is a new
facility that will house 2,260 dairy cows.  Both of these operations are
considered large CAFOs and are required to have these National Pollutant
Discharge Elimination System permits in Michigan to conduct their

The public participation process included public comment periods and
public hearings in the communities, which generated significant input
from the public.  In response to the comments, both NPDES permits were
revised to add increased levels of assurance that farm operations will
not jeopardize the area's surface water quality.  These revisions

â??  An increased waste storage design requirement that includes
requiring a demonstration, the DEQâ??s approval, and verification of the
waste storage design.  Failure to verify adequate storage will result in
herd size reduction.

â??  An increased operational requirement for the storage structure to
include a provision addressing the failure to maintain an adequate
margin of safety in the storage structure levels, which will result in
herd size reduction.

â??  An additional requirement that outside waste may not be brought
into the Waldron facility.

â??  An increased oversight of land application fields.  This includes
a requirement to prohibit the use of land application fields where
illegal discharges occur.

The decision on the Bustorf Dairy application follows a denial of a
previous NPDES permit application that was based on rebuttals provided
by Leonidas Township, local residents, and other organizations to the
statements contained in the Antidegradation Demonstration, which failed
to show how the potential lowering of water quality was necessary to
support important social and economic development in the area.  The new
application included a strengthened Antidegradation Demonstration with
extensive supporting documentation.

Michigan has a total of 216 known CAFOs.  Todayâ??s actions reduce the
number of unpermitted CAFOs in the state to 19, all of which have now
submitted NPDES permit applications with their applications currently
being processed.  

The permits issued today and related documents are available via the
Internet by clicking on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation at

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