Washington ecology shakes up dairy regulation – – capital press

“Some will sleep better at night knowing they won’t get sued, or at least are less likely to get sued,” he said. Landscape pictures “Others will say, ‘Why do I need this?’ It means more regulations, more paperwork and more burdens. Dripping springs texas hotels We’re very concerned about that.”

The rules, codified in a revised permit for concentrated animal feeding operations, were years in the making and are meant to keep nitrates out of groundwater and fecal coliform out of surface water.

While all dairies must follow the nutrient act, only a few have had CAFO permits.

Little league pitch count chart Environmental groups hoped a revised permit would be a vehicle to force dairies to line manure lagoons with synthetic material and install wells to monitor groundwater, steps the department was unwilling to take.

“Ecology was presented with an unprecedented opportunity to protect the environment and public health,” Andrea Rodgers of the Western Environmental Law Center said in a written statement. Drip from my walk lyrics “It is outrageous that Ecology has given permission for industrial agricultural facilities to dump pollution into our drinking water.”

Dairies will need a CAFO permit if they discharge pollutants into surface water or groundwater. Dripping springs high school football Ecology holds that manure seeps from lagoons and almost certainly reaches groundwater. Home design ideas pictures If a dairy has lagoons and more than 200 cows, “they should be applying,” Ecology water quality manager Heather Bartlett said.

A dairy without a CAFO permit may receive a warning and could eventually be fined. Baseball online free Penalties could be appealed. Basketball games “Ultimately, Ecology has the burden of proof,” Bartlett said.

WSDA has been in the background in developing the rules, but will now play a role in enforcing them. Fantasy basketball draft simulator “Hopefully, we can make this as seamless as possible for the dairy industry,” WSDA Deputy Director Kirk Robinson said.

• The annual permit fee will depend on dairy size. How to lay block paving path A dairy with 200 to 400 animal-units will pay $592 the first year. Free landscape design software A dairy with more than 800 animal-units will pay $2,373. Orchard fencing Fees are scheduled to rise next year by 5 percent. Facebook stock quote An animal unit is a cow that’s approximately 1,000 pounds.

• Dairies will have to test fields before planting and after harvesting crops. Softball quotes Before, dairies were required to only test post-harvest. Micro drip Washington diaries will have to analyze soils two to fives times more often than Idaho dairies, according to Ecology. Usa olympic basketball team 2016 roster Additional testing will cost between $3,150 to $9,250 per dairy over five years, Ecology estimates.

• Ecology estimates a one-time WSDA assessment will cost $460 per lagoon. Football season start date Lagoons that score low by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service standards will need to be repaired. Watch nba finals online free no download Repairs could cost hundreds of dollars or hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to Ecology. Dot pitch Previously, Ecology had proposed requiring assessments by engineers, which the department estimated would cost $7,400 per lagoon.

• Ecology will offer two versions of the permit, a concession to the dairy and opposed by environmental groups. Urban landscape One permit will be for dairies that discharge pollutants into groundwater and surface water. Watch mlb online free streaming Because the federal Clean Water Act covers surface water, environmental groups unhappy with Ecology’s enforcement could sue dairies that have this permit. Garden state parkway map The other permit will regulate groundwater discharges and wouldn’t be subject to enforcement through third-party lawsuits.

• Dairies have WSDA-approved “nutrient management plans.” Under Ecology, dairies also must have “manure pollution prevention plans.” The plans will be similar and adding a second one might cost nothing, according to Ecology. Fantasy football rankings printable The department estimated writing a plan from scratch will cost $9,800.

• Dairies already must keep records to show WSDA that they are not spreading too much manure. Baseball fielding drills Ecology says additional record-keeping costs should be minimal and did not make a dollar estimate.

• Although dairies were the focus as Ecology developed the rules, the CAFO permit could apply to other livestock operations. Jennie finch pitching By exempting small dairies, Ecology has excluded other producers as well. Spring training schedule 2016 arizona For poultry, a farm with fewer than 37,500 laying hens would be exempt.

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