What would have been the largest dairy in Illinois may close before it ever opens.  

Following four years of legal and environmental issues, owners of Tradition Dairy near Nora, Ill., have reached a proposed settlement with the state’s attorney general's office, which apparently will put an end to the project.

"We've agreed they would not seek permitting to allow the dairy, and they've decided to dismantle and be done with the project," Scott Mulford, spokesman for the attorney general told the Chicago Tribune. 

Read more from the Chicago Tribune.

California dairy developer A.J. Bos originally sought to construct the 5,500-cow dairy, but quickly faced protests by community members. At one point, a local group – Helping Others Maintain Environmental Standards – obtained a temporary injunction. See “More Environmental Hurdles For Proposed Mega Dairy.”