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13 Chino dairies violated Clean Water Act, agency says

September 26, 2011 |  1:28 pm

Dairy cows in Chino in 2010

This post has been corrected. See note below.

The federal government Monday ordered 13 Chino-area dairies to correct violations of the Clean Water Act that could allow manure runoff and other pollutants to run into local waterways.

The dairies underwent inspections by the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, which found violations that included failure to put controls in place to prevent manure and other contaminants from discharging into the water supply.

The dairies also failed to minimize discharges of contaminants, failed to develop waste management plans and failed to properly inspect the facilities, the quality control board found.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered the dairies to immediately correct the violations and was evaluating whether to fine the companies.

The dairies named were: Bachoc Dairy No. 1, Bollema Dairy, Bosch Dairy, Costa Dairy, El Dorado Dairy, Falloncrest Farms/Legend Dairy Farms, Legend Farms No. 2, Goyenetche Dairy No. 3, John Weststeyn Cattle, H&R Dairy, Koot Dairy No. 2, Syann Dairy and Three D Dairy.

[For the record, 4:45 p.m., Sept. 26: An earlier version of this post did not include Legend Farms No. 2 as one of the 13 dairies.

The post also did not make it clear that the violation was a failure to put controls in place to prevent manure runoff -- not that the manure runoff actually made it into waterways.]


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Photo: Dairy cows in Chino last year. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times