Washington dairies, environmentalists appeal Ecology’s manure rules – Washington


The dairy industry and environmental groups have filed separate legal challenges to Department of Ecology’s new rules for storing and spreading manure.

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Dairy cows stand in a barn in Whatcom County, Wash. Both dairy and environmental groups are appealing the state Department of Ecology’s new rules for how dairies store and spread manure.


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The Washington Department of Ecology’s new rules for dairies are under legal attack by farm groups and environmentalists.

Both sides are asking a state appeals board to order Ecology to rewrite the regulations for storing and spreading manure.

The Washington State Dairy Federation claims the rules will financially cripple dairies and actually raise nitrate levels in fields.

Meanwhile, a coalition of seven…



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