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Sunday, May 12, 2013 - Page updated at 07:30 a.m.

Yakima Co. residents want to curb manure spraying


The Associated Press

A group of Yakima Valley residents want to limit dairy operators from spraying manure on fields when air quality is poor.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports (http://bit.ly/13nJGuW) that a Kennewick attorney representing the residents wants the Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency to prohibit the practice during high winds and when burn bans are in effect.

Attorney George Fearing says the impact of manure on the lives of neighbors is most intense during those periods.

Agency spokesman Dave Caprile says the agency can't act that quickly given legal requirements to notify the public about a proposed new rule. He says the petition, submitted on April 30, is under review to determine whether authority exists to regulate the practice.

Manure spraying on fields is a common practice among dairies.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com

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