A Michigan judge has ruled that the state Department of Environmental Quality could require all concentrated-animal-feeding operations in the state to obtain pollution discharge permits.

Newaygo County Circuit Judge Anthony Monton said that state regulations requiring the permits were related to the DEQ’s responsibility to protect Michigan’s water resources.

The rule had been challenged by the Michigan Farm Bureau Federation and other agricultural groups. Their argument was that the state could only require discharge permits after a CAFO actually had a manure discharge that caused water pollution. Environmental activists lobbied hard and are now delighted that the judge rejected that argument.

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Source: MLive.com