Is a controversial mega-dairy proposed for Oregon’s eastern Columbia Gorge breaking the law by proceeding with construction before getting any water quality permits or even registering as a business?

A dozen state and national health and environmental groups think so, and they’ve formally asked state agencies to investigate.

“Lost Valley Ranch may be constructing the second-largest confined animal feeding operation in the state of Oregon outside the requirements of state law,” the coalition wrote in a Jan. 5 letter to the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Department of Environmental Quality and Secretary of State.

The proposed facility, with 30,000 animals, would be located on 7,000 acres near Boardman, close to the 70,000-head Threemile Canyon Farms, one of the largest dairies in the nation.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.