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Rancher sues Oregon over CAFO case


July 5, 2012
By Capital Press

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July 3, 2012, Portland, OR – A Scappoose, OR, rancher convicted of felony water pollution and operating a confined animal feeding operation without a permit is suing the state for violating his civil rights.

In the complaint – filed June 28 in U.S. District Court in Portland – William Holdner, claims the state overstepped its bounds in regulating his operation and prosecuting him.

Holdner is seeking compensation for financial injuries, punitive damages, attorney fees and other costs he incurred as a result of his conviction. He also is seeking an injunction prohibiting the state departments of environmental quality or agriculture from regulating his operation, absent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval. READ MORE