Attorney to speak about dairy lawsuit

GRANGER - The Friends of Toppenish Creek will host a special meeting regarding the recent settlement agreement with three Lower Valley dairies.

A presentation will be provided to the public tomorrow (Thursday) at 5:15 p.m. at the Radio KDNA building in Granger.

Attorneys from the recent lawsuit concerning groundwater pollution and Yakima Valley dairies have been invited to present the results of the settlement.

The dairies named in the lawsuit included the Cow Palace Dairy, Bosma Dairy and George DeRuyter & Sons Dairy, which were represented by Brendan Monahan.

Charlie Tebbutt represented Community Association for Restoration of the Environment (CARE) and Center for Food Safety (CFS).

Tebbutt will talk about the long-term implications from the litigation that has been described as a “bellwether of future challenges” by Hoards Dairyman. He will respond to questions and answers from the community.

Federal Judge Thomas Rice this past January ruled that manure is a solid waste when it is over-applied to crop land and leaks from lagoons, thereby causing an imminent and substantial endangerment to health and the environment.

The decision was followed by settlements that require lining of lagoons, testing manure before spreading, and providing free, clean alternative water if testing shows contamination in surrounding wells.

The Radio KDNA building is located at 121 Sunnyside Ave. in Granger.


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