An attorney for Bustorf Dairy told the Kalamazoo Gazette that his client plans to appeal the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s recent denial of a discharge permit for a proposed 2,260-cow dairy in St. Joseph County.

At issue is the proposed farm’s manure handling and whether it will protect environmental quality. The applicant dairy maintains that it can and will operate in an environmentally safe manner. However, a DEQ spokesperson says the department did not get satisfactory assurances from the dairy that ground water and property values would not be harmed.

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Kalamazoo Gazette