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Green groups oppose easing NY dairy pollution regs

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Environmental groups are pushing back against the Cuomo administration's plan to support a growing yogurt industry by easing regulations on large-scale dairy operations.
    
The Greek yogurt industry is growing so fast in New York that the state doesn't have enough cows to meet the demand for milk. At a "yogurt summit" in Albany last August, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called Greek yogurt one of the best entrepreneurial opportunities in a generation.
    
Farms with up to 200 cows are exempt from regulations requiring extra steps to prevent pollution from cow waste. Cuomo proposed raising the limit to 300 cows to help farms expand.
    
The Sierra Club and other groups filed formal comments Thursday saying Cuomo's proposal violates state and federal clean water laws and would likely result in runoff pollution.

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