California dairyman and developer A.J. Bos received some bad news last week regarding a proposed 10,000-cow dairy in northwest Illinois.

Scientists from the Illinois State Geological Survey reported that the proposed dairy sits on top of an unstable section of land known as karst.

"...if there were spills, leakage or a catastrophic  breach in the waste lagoon's containment system, the crevice-karst network would allow the contents to rapidly enter the aquifer and create widespread contamination of groundwater and surface water as well," said Samuel Panno, one of the scientists who published a report on the issue last week.  

Currently, the dairy sits empty until a judge decides whether to make a preliminary injunction against the project permanent. A hearing has been scheduled for November.

Read "Could karst study kill mega dairy?" by the Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph-Herald.

Source: Dubuque Telegraph-Herald