Permits revoked for controversial Kauai dairy

Updated: Mar. 21, 2017 at 6:31 PM HST
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MAHAULEPU, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The permits for a controversial Kauai dairy have been revoked after a circuit court judge ruled the farm must complete and Environmental Impact Statement before construction can begin.

A lawsuit from a nearby landowner said dairy developers began construction of the farm before an EIS was completed.

The dairy's spokesperson, Amy Hennessey, said they're disappointed, and the ruling now categorizes the dairy the same as a wastewater treatment plant. Hennessey also said an EIS wasn't previously required, but the ruling could set a dangerous precedent by forcing small farmers to produce costly environmental assessments.

The dairy plans to appeal the ruling.

This is the latest challenge the dairy faces.

In January, developers requested a second extension to answer questions regarding water water runoff from the site.

The request was denied and they were given until the end of January to address any outstanding issues.

Meantime, they are working on a new draft EIS to satisfy regulators.

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