Oregon settles with Boardman mega-dairy over wastewater overflows

March 26, 2018
State will allow the 7,288-acre ranch to continue operations under new agreement.
The Oregonian
The Oregon Department of Agriculture will agreed to let Lost Valley Farm, a 7,288-acre ranch permitted to house 30,000 cows, to produce massive amounts of wastewater​ and manure, despite a year of repeated violations of its permits

OREGON, MARCH 26, 2018 -- An imperiled mega-dairy near Boardman will be allowed to continue operating under a settlement it reached with state regulators Wednesday. The Oregon Department of Agriculture agreed to let Lost Valley Farm, a 7,288-acre ranch permitted to house 30,000 cows, to produce massive amounts of wastewater and manure, despite a year of repeated violations of its permits. The state had threatened in a February lawsuit to temporarily shut down its operations.

Under the new agreement, Lost Valley can generate up to 65,000 gallons of wastewater per day compared with the 514,000 the dairy estimated it would need. It also must comply with other terms of its permit, such as notifying the state if there is a wastewater or manure spill. And the dairy must remove 24.4 million gallons of liquid manure from its overloaded storage facilities by summer, so that it can avoid polluting local water sources during a heavy rainstorm. Read more at The Oregonian

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