A Hico, Texas, dairy producer whose dairy lies in two watersheds — the LeonRiver and the NorthBosqueRiver — faces penalties from the state for not applying for permits in both watersheds.

According to the Waco Tribune, all permitting for the 3,600-cow Horizon Dairy was done in the LeonRiver watershed. Permitting is more restrictive in the NorthBosqueRiver watershed and requires a public process.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality says more than half of the 911-acre dairy lies in the NorthBosqueRiver watershed and as such must follow additional regulations and apply for an “individual permit.” According to the TCEQ, owner David DeJong has 180 days to get an individual permit or he will be required to reduce his herd size to 200 cows. Fines of up to $2,020 are possible.

Jackson Battle, environmental attorney for the city of Waco has called TCEQ’s punishment mild and is referring the case to the state’s attorney general’s office.

To read the full article from the Waco Tribune, go to: http://www.wacotrib.com/news/content/news/stories/2007/06/24/06242007wachorizondairy.html?cxtype=rss&cxsvc=7&cxcat=11

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