A growing coalition of scientists, state legislators and congressmen are urging the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control district to rethink the pollution estimate it released in late June of 20.6 pounds of volatile organic compounds per cow per year.

So far, five university scientists, 12 state legislators and five congressmen have all sent letters to the air district to reconsider this figure before it becomes final on Aug. 1. The change would move cows ahead of cars in terms of causing pollution from volatile organic compounds.

While critics contend the number is too high, and wrongly emphasizes one poorly understood part of emissions from dairy cows. Supporters however, say the number is not high enough and are urging the district to consider an even higher number.

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