Governor’s written refusal comes as Oregon considers a permit for a new 30,000-head mega-dairy Salem, OR - Two months after eastern Oregon residents and members of the Stand Up To Factory Farms coalition met with Governor Kate Brown to ask that she use her executive authority to enact an immediate moratorium on mega-dairies, Governor Brown … Continue reading Governor Brown Rejects Urgent Demand for Statewide Mega-Dairy Moratorium.
Exemptions have allowed dairies unlimited water in eastern Oregon as new facilities aim to build in critical groundwater areas SALEM, Ore. — Today a coalition of public interest groups filed a legal petition with the Oregon Water Resources Commission requesting it restrict new mega dairy’s use of groundwater in areas in eastern Oregon where special … Continue reading Coalition Files Legal Petition Urging Limitations on Mega Dairies’ Use of Water.
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.