Wednesday , 28 September 2016

DNR OKS EXPANSION OF LARGE KEWAUNEE COUNTY DAIRY FARM

The state Department of Natural Resources has approved a hotly contested expansion for a large dairy farm in northeastern Wisconsin, where residents have complained of wells tainted by manure. The agency approved plans by the Kinnard Farms in Kewaunee County to increase the size of its cattle operations from 4,000 milking cows to 6,700 milking cows, according to Lee Kinnard. The DNR said its approval included a requirement for monitoring wells to check if groundwater is harmed by manure or other potential pollutants. The DNR earlier had approved Kinnard’s permit, but it was challenged by opponents. As a result, an administrative law judge required the farm to limit the number of cows and to install monitoring wells off the farm’s property. The DNR declined to add those requirements after getting an opinion from the state Department of Justice. The justice department said the requirements exceeded the state’s authority. http://www.jsonline.com/news/dnr-oks-expansion-of-large-kewaunee-county-dairy-farm-dnr-oks-expansion-of-large-kewaunee-county-dai-327103901.html?ipad=y

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