County Oks feedlot near Mesa for 3,500 cows

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PASCO, Wash. (AP) -- Franklin County commissioners approved a permit Wednesday for a dairy to expand a feedlot five miles east of Mesa.

The Coulee Flats Dairy plans to have up to 3,500 cows on the 646-acre site.

The Tri-City Herald reports (http://is.gd/tPGJKE) the permit comes with 18 conditions, including measures to control flies, odor and the buildup of nitrates in the soil.

The dairy currently milks 4,400 cows a day.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com