Environmental assessment released for proposed Kauai dairy
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LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii Dairy Farms says its planned operation on Kauai will serve as a model for sustainable agriculture and won't have a negative impact on the environment or surrounding community.
The Garden Island reports that HDF released its draft environmental impact statement for the dairy in Mahaulepu on Wednesday.
Kaui County has already approved the dairy's $7 million building permit, but HDF spokeswoman Amy Hennessey says they decided to conduct an environmental evaluation to address residents' concerns.
The report says cows will be allowed to roam freely across hundreds of acres of pasture and that measures have been established to prevent the release of large amounts of runoff.
Bridget Hammerquist, from an organization against the dairy, says the assessment lacks detail and she has concerns about water contamination and odor.
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