After three long years, Tulare County has finally approved the construction of a new dairy. On Tuesday, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a permit to build a 9,000-cow dairy and cheesemaking facility near Lindsay, Calif.

However, as Lindsay dairy producer Rob Hilarides and his family breathed a sign of relief at the vote, opponents to the dairy were planning their next move.

The Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment plans to decide over this next month whether or not to contend the supervisors’ decision in court. The group contends the dairy will hurt air and water quality in the area and that Tulare County has not meet all of the requirements laid out from a previous court settlement regarding the dairy industry’s affect on the environment in the area.

As part of the permitting process Hilarides had a very comprehensive environmental report done on the impact of the dairy. And he is confident that the environmental report meets all regulations and that it will stand up to the test in court if opponents decide to challenge the county’s decision to approve the dairy.

Tulare County currently has a backlog of about 80 permits waiting for action.

Fresno Bee