A proposed mega dairy in Illinois appears to have further environmental hurdles ahead of it.

State regulators will reportedly require Tradition Dairy near Nora, Ill., to get a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The permit likely will force the dairy to address whether the land includes “karst” topography, characterized by cracks that allow groundwater contamination, Bruce Yurdin, field operations manager for the state EPA’s Division of Water Pollution Control, is quoted as saying in the article.

The property has been the focus of controversy in recent years, as California dairy developer A.J. Bos seeks to construct Tradition Dairy, despite protests by some in the community. At one point, a local group, Helping Others Maintain Environmental Standards, obtained a temporary injunction.

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Source: Chicago Tribune