Wash. Farmers To Keep Playing By Old Pollution Rules

Law360, New York (April 27, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Large-scale farms in Washington will not have to scrutinize their manure pollution more closely, now that a Washington state appeals court has upheld a regulatory body's decision allowing relatively lax regulation, over the objections of environmentalists.

The Court of Appeals of the State of Washington issued a ruling on April 21 that will uphold the current pollution monitoring regime.

Under the upheld rule, concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, will only have to monitor soil for pollution and not probe groundwater, as environmental groups had sought....
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