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Fighting Deregulation of Industrial Dairy Farms in New York

Cows.

DEC’s rulemaking rolled back clean water protection standards to allow medium size dairy CAFOs to operate without a permit.

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Case Overview

A coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for its deregulation of industrial dairy farms with 200–299 cows.

DEC’s rulemaking has rolled back clean water protection standards to allow medium size dairy CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) to operate without a permit, in clear violation of state law, with the likely result that untreated cow manure will run off into and contaminate nearby waters.

The groups are co-represented in the lawsuit by Pace Law School's Environmental Litigation Clinic and Earthjustice.

Case ID

2482

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Case Updates

July 29, 2013 | Legal Document

NY CAFO Petition

First Amended Verified Petition and Complaint

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