Friday, March 16, 2012

50+ Dead Cows and Improper Waste Found at Dairy

GUSTINE—A dairy is being ordered to cleanup more than 50 dead cows found partially buried.

The cows were found decomposing in a manure pile in the dairy’s production area last month. The dairy is in Gustine, and is owned by the Rego Family Trust.

A routine inspection of the dairy by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board found numerous violations of Federal and State water quality regulations.

“This dairy’s lack of good management practices and blatant disregard for the law impacts both surface and groundwater, posing dangers to public health and polluting the waters of the State of California,” said Water Board Executive Officer Pamela Creedon in a release.

In addition to the dead cows, inspectors found signs that wastewater had flowed into nearby drainage ditches, rodent holes, discarded medical syringes, and manure wastewater improperly dumped on cropland. Read More