Opponents of Wisconsin dairy file lawsuit

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A citizen group opposed to a 4,000-head dairy in Adams County, Wis., filed a lawsuit last Friday, asking for judicial review of an administrative decision by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that approved plans and specifications for Richfield Dairy, a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) in Adams County owned by MilkSource.

According to a report in the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Richfield Dairy applied for plans and specifications approval on Feb. 23, and received statutory approval from the DNR on June 24.

The group, Family Farm Defenders, says that regarding CAFOs, the DNR fails to enforce the laws of the state that would protect the environment. They contend that CAFOs have an adverse affect on water quality of neighboring properties due to manure land spreading practices. They also object to the odor and heavy truck traffic around CAFOs, according to the lawsuit, the newspaper says.

A farm spokesman says that the dairy is “confident by following the rules and regulations of the state of Wisconsin our statutory approval will be upheld in court.”

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Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette

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