Saturday , 1 October 2016

RULING IN CAFO CASE ADDS NEW TWIST TO DNR POWERS

A Dane County judge has added a new twist to a simmering dispute about the state Department of Natural Resources’ authority to protect water quality. Judge John Markson ruled the state can set limits on large dairy feedlots to protect water from pollution, overturning a decision of DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. The case is complicated, but conservation groups said the ruling was important in part because Markson rejected the view that a 2011 state law aimed at strictly limiting the power of state regulators was applicable. That law was the basis of a formal opinion Attorney General Brad Schimel issued in May prompting the DNR to begin issuing permits for high-capacity wells without considering the impact of all nearby wells on lakes, streams and groundwater. Environmentalists have said they expect to challenge Schimel’s opinion. http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/environment/ruling-in-cafo-case-adds-new-twist-to-dnr-powers/article_4d9e3248-e150-53c3-bb57-1e3520c76d42.html

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