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Published July 27, 2010, 08:15 AM

Indiana agency revokes permit for 3,500-cow dairy

LAKEVILLE, Ind. — Developers haven’t given up their plans for a large dairy near South Bend, even though Indiana environmental officials have revoked its permit.

LAKEVILLE, Ind. — Developers haven’t given up their plans for a large dairy near South Bend, even though Indiana environmental officials have revoked its permit.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says it revoked the permit for the 3,500-cow Walnut Grove Dairy LLC in Lakeville, about 10 miles south of South Bend, because developers didn’t start construction by April 2010 as required by the permit.

Property owner Peter van der Vegt of Fremont says he’s appealing and Vreba-Hoff Dairy Development LLC still plans on building the dairy.

Marc Nelson of the St. Joseph County Health Department says the proposed concentrated animal is too close to nearby homes and poses a public health threat, and may violate a new county CAFO ordinance.

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