The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District announced Monday that a cow emits 19.3 pounds of volatile organic compounds per year. That’s a high enough figure that many of the dairies in California’s central valley will now be under the regulatory microscope.

Michael Marsh, executive director of Western United Dairymen in Modesto, Calif., called the decision “absurd.”

“The air pollution control officer has clearly rejected all of the scientific evidence presented to him and seems to be pushing a political agenda rather than an agenda based on scientific data,” Marsh adds.

To read some of the headlines from California, follow these links:

Cows effect on pollution reassessed” in the Fresno Bee

In San Joaquin Valley, cows pass cars as polluters” in the Los Angeles Times.

Fresno Bee, LA Times, Western United Dairymen