Residents group asks judge
to toss dairy permit
A group of Hanson County residents is asking a judge to throw out a state water permit granted last year for a proposed 7,000-head dairy in Hanson County.
R. Shawn Tornow, attorney for the group, said newspaper and letter notices about a July hearing on the permit were insufficient.
Assistant state attorney general Diane Best said all notices were adequate.
The water permit would allow the dairy being developed by Michael Crinion to drill wells into the James-East Floyd Aquifer.
The residents are worried the aquifer may not always be able to recharge or refill after it's been tapped.
Tornow also argued that the state's research on an affected aquifer was insufficient to grant a permit.