Cow Palace Deal A Harbinger Of Increased Waste Scrutiny

Law360, New York (May 12, 2015, 9:21 PM EDT) -- Environmentalists' success in convincing a federal judge in Washington state that the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act can be used to regulate the application of manure on the land at a dairy portends further citizen litigation and increased government regulation, experts say.

As three dairies and various environmental groups on Monday resolved litigation over groundwater contamination from mismanaged manure in a consent decree, attorneys said U.S. District Judge Thomas O. Rice's earlier rulings in the case will have lingering effects. In January, in a somewhat unusual ruling, he found that Cow Palace LLC and other related defendants were responsible parties under...

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