Washington May Revisit Dairy Farm Rules
Dairy farmers and environmentalists are criticizing new manure-control rules the Washington Department of Ecology plans to finalize early next year.
The Capital Press reports that at a public hearing on Tuesday farmers said dairies already are heavily regulated and that Ecology's new layer of mandates would be unnecessary and expensive.
More than 100 people attended the hearing at Whatcom Community College on Ecology's proposal to require up to 300 mid-sized and large dairies to obtain a permit to operate a concentrated animal feeding operation.
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