A dozen state and national health and environment groups are calling on Oregon leaders and legislators to impose a moratorium on new or expanded mega-dairies.

Poor state oversight has allowed large dairies to pollute the state’s air and water, and forced family-scale dairies out of business, the groups said in a news release Monday.

“Oregon’s inadequate oversight of mega-dairies has become clear over the past two years, since the state ignored red flags and widespread public opposition to authorize operation of Lost Valley Farm, which was permitted to confine 30,000 cows,” the groups wrote.

Since it was approved in April 2017, the dairy, near Boardman, has been cited for more than 200 environmental violations, and fined nearly $200,000.   

Read the full article at The Statesman Journal.