Opponents of planned grass-fed Kauai dairy farm raise $200K to study environmental impacts


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LIHUE, Hawaii — A group fighting a proposed grass-fed Kauai dairy will hire experts to study the project's environmental impacts.

Community group Friends of Mahaulepu raised more than $200,000 to fight Hawaii Dairy Farms' plans for the south side dairy on 578 acres.

The farm is backed by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar's Ulupono Initiative, with the hopes of reducing Hawaii's dependency on milk from the mainland.

But opponents raise concerns over odor and other environmental issues.

The Garden Island newspaper (http://bit.ly/1EcDcCi ) reported Wednesday the opponents got an infusion of financial support from a retired builder and developer from Seattle who is matching donations up to $100,000.

Hawaii Dairy Farms says it is already conducting a voluntary environmental review. Spokeswoman Amy Hennessey says a draft should be available this summer.

Information from: The Garden Island, http://thegardenisland.com/

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