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California dairy group sticking to rules


April 22, 2009
By Marg Land

dairycows01April 17, 2009, Modesto, CA – Members of the Western United Dairymen
(WUD) will continue to follow California air quality rules even after
they are suspended in May.

April 17, 2009, Modesto, CA – Members of the Western United Dairymen (WUD) will continue to follow California air quality rules even after they are suspended in May.

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California dairy cows. 

Recently, the environmental group the Association of Irritated Residents (AIR) won a court order directing the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) to suspend the air quality rules pending further study. The group challenged the air quality rules believing they weren’t tough enough.

WUD president Ray Souza said the organization’s members will continue to follow the air quality rules. “This is not a responsibility that dairy families will shy away from,” he said “We are proud of the role that we play, along with our fellow Californians, in making our state a better place to live.”

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The San Joaquin Valley district has prepared a draft health assessment that is available for public review and comment. District staff will recommend at the May board meeting that the rule’s enforcement be suspended until the health study is completed. The board will then consider the health study at its June meeting and decide whether to re-adopt the rule in its original form or to direct staff to being the public process for amending the rule.

“We are disappointed that attorneys representing AIR rejected our proposal to leave the rule in place and continue the progress that we have made in significantly reducing dairy emissions,” said Seyed Sadredin, the air district’s executive director and air pollution control officer. “Setting the rule aside at the peak of the Valley's ozone season is not in the best interest of the Valley residents.”

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