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newsrel -- Improving Dairies' Environmental Footprint

Posted: 13 Feb 2008 14:32:15
Please consider the following ARB press release announcing the
effort to coordinate technologies that could improve the
environmental footprint of the state's 2100 dairies. You can as
well read the release here:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr021308b.htm .
Thank You
Dimitri Stanich

Release 08-07
February 13, 2008
Dimitri Stanich

State seeks tech to improve environmental footprint of dairies
Will create online resource for farmers and public

SACRAMENTO: The state of California is asking companies to
submit their technologies for mitigating the environmental
impacts from the state's estimated 2,100 dairies.

If accepted, state regulators will include the technologies in a
clearinghouse that the Air Resources Board and other agencies
will use when looking for the best ways to stem air and water
pollution from these sources.

The effort is headed by the Dairy Manure Technology Feasibility
Assessment Panel which is funded by the U.S. EPA and is
comprised of experts from government, industry, academia, and
environmental groups. The panel wants technology that reduces
water quality impacts and emissions of greenhouse gases and
criteria air pollutants. Vendors are urged to submit
descriptions of their product which will be reviewed and
compiled to create a clearinghouse.

"This will give dairy farmers expert and objective reviews of
technology they need," said Air Resources Board Chairman, Mary
Nichols, "It will serve the public and industry equally well."

Dairies are an integral part of California's economy. California
houses approximately 18 percent of the nation's dairy population
and produces nearly 22 percent of the nation's milk. But,
California also endures the damage of uncontrolled emissions and
runoff. New effective technologies are available to improve the
environmental performance of dairies, and the panel seeks to
advance the most promising technology categories.

Vendors with known dairy-applicable technologies are most
strongly encouraged to submit theirs. Vendors of more generic
environmental technologies are encouraged to evaluate theirs for
application to the dairy industry. The forum's intent is focused

    * Evaluating technologies that can verifiably improve
environmental impacts from dairies;
    * Identifying availability status;
    * Collecting contact information;
    * Posting basic vendor and technology information on

Select vendors with highly promising technology may be invited
to make presentations at meetings summarizing their technology's
environmental benefits balanced against undesirable consequences.
The number of submissions and possible presentations at meetings
will depend on the response rate, completeness of the
applications, and relative environmental benefits of the
technology submitted.

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California
Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and
protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through
effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and
considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air
pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain
health based air quality standards.


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