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Obscure manure rule stirs controversy


August 20, 2009
By Yakima Herald-Republic

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August 20, 2009, Yakima, Wash. – The Washington Board of Health is
considering scrapping a little-known rule that prohibits the
accumulation of manure in places where it might harm water quality,
such as groundwater used by private well owners.
August 20, 2009, Yakima, Wash. – The Washington Board of Health is considering scrapping a little-known rule that prohibits the accumulation of manure in places where it might harm water quality, such as groundwater used by private well owners.

But citizen groups that oppose large, concentrated livestock operations, particularly dairies, say the rule could be a powerful tool to regulate what they believe is a major source of contamination in many rural, Lower Yakima Valley wells.

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