Big Island Dairy agrees to shutdown timeline in settlement

Big Island Dairy agrees to shutdown timeline in settlement
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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A Big Island dairy farm has agreed to a timeline for ending its operations in a settlement reached with a community group and an environmental organization.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Kupale Ookala and the Center for Food Safety filed a lawsuit against Big Island Dairy in 2017, alleging violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

According to court documents filed Tuesday, the settlement requires the dairy to stop milking by Feb. 28 and end operations by April 30. It also details timelines for cattle removal and facility cleanups.

The settlement states no penalties will be assessed or paid but civil penalties will be levied through the state Department of Health's administrative process.

Dairy owner Derek Whitesides declined to comment Tuesday.

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