The Environmental Protection Agency filed four consent agreement and final orders in March against a Yuba, Okla. dairy with fines totaling $160,000.

In addition to the fines, the EPA has ordered the Alan Ritchey Dairy to implement a Supplemental Environmental Project at a cost not less than $100,000. The project must include vegetative buffers along the Red River and installation of windbreaks on the north and west sides of the dairy to act as an odor and visual barrier.

The investigation of the now 200-cow Alan Ritchey Dairy began in 2000 after complaints from neighbors. Investigations by the EPA and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry recorded several environmental violations. In January 2005, Ritchey sold 4,500 head of milk cows to reduce herd size.

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