Lawsuit Filed Against Future Wisconsin Mega Farm
Thenorthwestern.com covers the lawsuit filed against Richfield Dairy who recently obtained permits to build a mega farm in Adams County. The town, which is made up of vacation as well as residential homes, worry about the potential impact of such a huge opperation.
The non profit organization that promotes protection of natural resources in the Central Sands region of the state along with Family Farm Defenders and area property owners filed the lawsuit Friday in Dane County. In it they ask for a contested case hearing relating to recent approvals by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for high-capacity wells, a Wisconsin Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit, and an environmental assessment for the dairy.
The lawsuit follows another lawsuit filed in July by area residents and Family Farm Defenders and asking for judicial review of an administrative decision by the DNR that approved plans and specifications for Richfield Dairy. As a result of a settlement in that case, the group agreed to pay MilkSource’s legal fees, but claimed partial victory when the DNR agreed to reconsider-high capacity well permits for the dairy based on a suggestion by a hydrologist that the high capacity wells and the dairy’s nutrient management plan, which includes land spreading of manure, have an adverse environmental impact on the area.