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Environmentalists sue NY over dairy rules

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups is suing the Cuomo administration over dairy farm regulations intended to bolster the state's growing yogurt industry.

Riverkeeper, Earthjustice, Sierra Club and other groups say the Department of Environmental Conservation overstepped its authority and violated federal clean water laws when it eased waste-handling rules for farms with 200-299 cows.

The Farm Bureau hailed the rule that took effect earlier this year. It said the state's dairy regulations are still stricter than what the federal government requires.

The environmental groups say Monday that waste from the expected increase in dairy cows will cause more runoff that pollutes streams.

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