Air quality regulations released this week by the South Coast Air Quality Management District could cost three hundred Southern California daires as much as $15,000 per year, according to the Western United Dairyman.com.

A hearing is scheduled for Aug. 6 on the proposed regulations for air emissions in the Chino area.

The regulations are designed to cut ammonia daily emissions by 3.3 tons by 2010 and volatile organic compounds emissions by 1.2 tons. The proposal would also require removal of manure at least four times per year rather than the two times required now by state law.

“Our proposal provides a cost-effective means to reduce dairy emissions and improve public health for all Southern California,” said Barry Wallerstein, SCAQMD executive director.

One dairyman had a different take when talking to the Associated Press.

"With the way that the industry is moving through the more stringent regulations and rules, it doesn't make economic sense to continue in Southern California," said Art Marquez, a third-generation dairy farmer who is considering a move.

"You can sell your piece of property and move somewhere else that's more agriculture-friendly."

Western United Dairymen, Associated Press