Environmental groups decry bid to reopen troubled mega-dairy

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The potential reopening of a mega-dairy operation near the Columbia River have environmentalists sounding the alarm.

The Statesman Journal reports Washington state-based Easterday Farms wants to house over 28,000 animals on the site of the now-shuttered Lost Valley Farm near Boardman, Oregon.

Lost Valley violated hundreds of environmental rules and racked up hundreds of thousands in fines in its less than two-year history. Over 30 million gallons of manure awaited cleanup when the farm finally closed in February.

Easterday Farms purchased the site last spring. If reopened, the facility would become the Oregon’s second largest dairy.

Environmentalists say reopening the site shows that state officials learned nothing from Lost Valley’s troubled history.