Statement Regarding Lost Valley/Easterday Farms

If Governor Brown’s Department of Agriculture has really learned the lesson of the Lost Valley disaster, it will not entertain another “too big to fail” mega-dairy permit for nearly 30,000 cows on the same site. The Lost Valley site is still polluted with millions of gallons of waste and has cost hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of taxpayer dollars to bring into compliance with the law. Allowing a new mega-dairy in an area with existing groundwater pollution, water scarcity, and air quality issues will only exacerbate these public health, economic, and environmental harms.