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Hudson Valley Foie Gras

Albany, NY: (Jul-26-07) A coalition of environmental and animal protection organizations including Delaware Riverkeeper Network, the Humane Society of the United States, the Delaware Riverkeeper, and American Littoral Society, filed suit against the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in state Supreme Court in Albany, challenging the agency's alleged concealment of the terms of water pollution permits issued to factory farms.

The Humane Society of the United States alleged that at least two concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), or factory farms, are located in the Delaware River Watershed. One of them, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, has repeatedly violated its discharge permits, spilling manure and releasing bacteria and chlorine into the Middle Mongaup River. Manure contains several pollutants, including fecal coliform that indicates the presence of disease-causing bacteria. The suit stated that the federal Clean Water Act and New York's Environmental Conservation Law require that factory farms obtain pollution permits and that information concerning these permits be made available to the public. The primary component of these pollution permits is a nutrient management plan, which specifies how factory farms handle manure and other wastes. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation had refused access to this information. In a settlement reached, the Hudson Valley Foie Gras has been fined $30,000 by the state for environmental violations. [NORTH COUNTRY GAZETTER: FACTORY FARM]


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Published on Jul-29-07


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