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Fresh Hawaii milk production may be doomed after dairy industry missteps

  • NEW YORK TIMES / 2017

    Ulupono Initiative, which scrubbed its plan to establish Hawaii Dairy Farms on Kauai with 2,000 cows, blamed state regulations for its downfall. State Department of Health and Department of Agriculture officials disagree, saying Hawaii Dairy Farms’ site in Maha‘ulepu Valley posed a wastewater runoff risk.

  • COURTESY STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

    Big Island Dairy washed down effluent from cows in its milking facility and stored the wastewater in man-made lagoons that couldn’t handle heavy rain.

  • COURTESY STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

    Effluent from cows at Big Island Dairy was stored in two lagoons that illegally discharged wastewater that led to the dairy agreeing to shut down by April 30.

  • COURTESY STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

    A state Department of Health inspector navigates a gulch where wastewater from Big Island Dairy cows polluted the environment.

Hawaii’s dairy industry in January suffered what could be described as a colossal instance of spilled milk. Read more

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