Judge Thomas Rice of Washington's Eastern District rules that Cow Palace Dairy in Zillah, Wash., "polluted groundwater by over-applying manure to soil," Rascoe reports. "In one instance, the plaintiffs in the case said Cow Palace applied more than 7 million gallons of manure" to a field that was already "sufficiently fertilized."
Cow Palace plans to appeal, one of its attorneys said. "There's a reason no court has ever done this," Debora Kristensen told Rascoe. "It's because the statute was not intended to apply to these situations." She said the dairy already has an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency to address water-pollution issues. (Read more)