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Dairy cows at Greenwood Dairy, in Canton, NY. Photo: Nora Flaherty
Dairy cows at Greenwood Dairy, in Canton, NY. Photo: Nora Flaherty

Lawsuit targets new dairy size regulations

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A coalition of environmental groups is suing the state because of its new dairy size regulations.

Until this year, farms with more than 200 cows needed to comply with waste-management rules more restrictive smaller farms. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation recently increased that to 300 cows.

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Julie Grant
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The state Farm Bureau hailed the looser regulations as a way to reduce farm costs, and help increase milk production for state's the burgeoning yogurt industry.

But Kate Hudson of Riverkeeper tells the Star Gazette newspaper that the rules will lead to increased water pollution. She says when larger farms have fewer regulations, more waste winds up in streams and lakes.

The lawsuit was filed in state Supreme Court in Albany County late last week. According to the Star Gazette, it also claims the DEC should have gotten legislative approval for the rule change. The Agency did not have immediate response.

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