A controversial Oregon dairy will not be shut down despite violating a settlement agreement with farm regulators over wastewater management.
Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Kelly Skye has asked attorneys for the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Lost Valley Farm to come up with less drastic remedies that will get the facility into regulatory compliance.
“I’m not inclined to order an immediate shutdown of wastewater,” Skye said at an Aug. 24 court hearing in Portland, Ore.
However, the judge did find that Greg te Velde, the dairy’s owner, had willfully violated his deal with ODA to maintain enough wastewater storage capacity.
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