Vreba-Hoff Dairy runs afoul with ODA 10.3

Written by David Green.

Vreba-Hoff Dairy has angered environmentalists over discharges of contaminated water, the Michigan DEQ over failure to comply with state law and to respond to its orders for a better operation, many Medina Township residents over road damage, the Lenawee County Road Commission over failure to pay the requested amount for the repair of damaged roads, and several citizens in the Morenci area over continuous hauling of liquid manure during a weekend in August.

Is there anyone else to add?

Try the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

That agency is considering enforcement action for unauthorized use of the Chesterfield Dairy—relating to the Aug. 27 to 29 movement of 678,000 gallons of manure from the two dairies northwest of Morenci to the dairy on Fulton County Road 14, a facility where Vreba-Hoff Dairy Development is serving as consultant and developer.

Vreba-Hoff Dairy Development and operator Karel Vande Kolk were notifed Aug. 31 by the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) that they failed to comply with a manure transport contingency plan developed in April 2007. The plan cleared the way for moving manure from the two Vreba-Hoff dairies to Chesterfield, providing five conditions were met.

According to the ODA, the Chesterfield Dairy failed to have a fully operational anaerobic treatment system approved for use before manure was received. In addition, the nutrient analysis of the manure transported into Ohio was not provided within the specified time.

“The terms of the contingency plan could not be made clearer,” said Kevin Elder in the letter.

• Update: The ODA is not pursuing enforcement action and has not responded to questions about why the agency decided to ignore the transport contingency plan.
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