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SRWN – Kitty Rhoades 1-14-14
The Political Environment’s recent blog post references several media stories discussing the Kinnard expansion permit contested hearing set for Feb. 11-13 in Green Bay. Read more at: http://thepoliticalenvironment.blogspot.com/2014/02/dairy-expansions-groundwater-de.html
Here are links to several articles on rural air quality that you might find interesting.
MRSA Infection near Mega Farms
Air Pollution- Availability of Information about Air Borne Hazardous releases from Animal Feeding Operations
Aerosol spreading linked to PRRS Breaks
Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin will be sponsoring a bus to take people to Conservation Lobby Day in Madison, WI on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. The bus will make stops in Algoma, Green Bay, Appleton, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, and other locations, as needed. Email us at email@example.com to reserve a seat on the bus. We are looking for bus co-sponsors. Email us if you can provide support or know of an organization we should contact.
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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published, yesterday, the following article highlighting the fact that Wisconsin farms generated the largest number of manure spills in the state since 2007. According to DNR records more than a million gallons of manure was spilled.
This problem isn’t going away, neither is the resolve to find a way to stop the pollution of state waterways and groundwater.
The DNR will now have to consider the cumulative environmental impact of proposed high-capacity wells in conjunction with past, present and foreseeable future wells, according to a recent state appeals court ruling. Read more about this action in a press release from the Friends of Central Sands and coverage in the Wisconsin Rapids Trubune below:
Friends of the Central Sands
For Immediate Release
December 19, 2013
Court Rules that DNR Failed to Consider “Cumulative Effects” of
High-Capacity Well Pumping in the Central Sands Area
DNR’s violation of the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act means the agency must reconsider whether an Environmental Impact Statement is needed for the proposed Richfield Dairy
Coloma–The Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled today that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) failed to adequately consider the cumulative effects of high-capacity well pumping in the vicinity of the proposed Richfield Dairy in Adams County when it prepared an environmental assessment (EA) in 2011. The EA was triggered by the dairy’s application for several permits and approvals to construct a massive new concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) in the Central Sands region, including an application for a high-capacity well approval and a wastewater discharge, or “WPDES,” permit.
The case was brought by Friends of the Central Sands and others who are concerned with depleting groundwater resources in the Central Sands region. Richfield Dairy proposes to install two high capacity wells at a proposed facility near Coloma, WI with a total pumping capacity of approximately 525 million gallons per year. The dairy intends to house 4,300 dairy cows initially, but may be expanded.
“We are pleased with the decision of the Court of Appeals,” said Bob Clarke, with Friends of the Central Sands. “DNR’s failure to consider the cumulative effects of high-capacity well pumping in the Central Sands region resulted in poor decision-making with respect to the Richfield Dairy. Now we hope the DNR will do its job to protect this sensitive area, which is already suffering from excessive groundwater pumping.”
“In its flawed EA, the DNR focused on the two Richfield wells alone, avoiding the critically important issue of the effects widespread pumping is having on Wisconsin’s water resources,” said Christa Westerberg, attorney representing the Friends of the Central Sands and Family Farm Defenders. “The decision of the Court of Appeals corrects that flaw and will prompt the DNR to develop a more thorough understanding of the effects of groundwater withdrawals on this vulnerable landscape, as required by the law and sound science.”
In addition, Friends of the Central Sands is in its third week of hearings this week before the Wisconsin Division of Hearings and Appeals, challenging the DNR’s issuance of a WPDES permit and its approval of the Plans and Specifications, Nutrient Management Plan, and High Capacity Wells for the proposed Richfield Dairy CAFO.
The Court of Appeals reversed a decision of the Dane County Circuit Court, which had ruled in favor of the DNR in 2012, and remanded the matter to the DNR to consider the “potential cumulative effects” the dairy’s two high-capacity wells may have on the environment. A copy of the Court’s decision in Family Farm Defenders, Inc. et al. v. Wis. Dept. of Nat. Res. issued on December 19, 2013, may be found here: http://www.wicourts.gov/opinions/aopinion.htm