Calif. dairy fined $685,000 for water violations

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Last week, the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board slapped a $685,000 fine on the Henry Tosta Dairy in Tracy, Calif., for water code violations.

The violations, reportedly found during routine inspections, included the discharge of manure waste into groundwater and the failure to comply with a Cleanup and Abatement Order.

“The Henry Tosta Dairy has a history of egregious violations, and the accumulated manure waste at the site is negatively impacting water quality,” Regional Water Board Executive Officer Pamela Creedon said in a news release. “The vast majority of dairy operators in the Central Valley Region work hard to follow good environmental practices and to abide by the Dairy General Order.”

“The lack of proper management practices at this dairy, and the operator’s blatant disregard for the law, the Dairy General Order and subsequent Cleanup and Abatement Enforcement Orders, has created unhealthy and dangerous conditions, polluting the waters of the State of California,” Creedon added.

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