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Wood County Board Opposes DNR's '150 Rule'
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/19/2015

An emergency rule enacted by the state's natural resources department does not have the blessing of some local government leaders in central Wisconsin. Members of the Wood County board of supervisers voted this week to 'on on record against' Administrative Code NR 150, which outlines how the DNR considers public health effects of certain industries known to emit pollutants to air, water and soil.

The Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune reports that Emergency Rule 1417 will expired at the end of March. That rule makes significant changes to the code, including limited public involvement and a reduction in the state Natural Resources Board's oversight of the DNR's environmental process.

Some supervisers feel that if the emergency rule stays in place, numerous issues going before the DNR would be considered "minor" and thus would have less scrutiny, the Tribune reports.

Wood County has been in the news for more than a year as some residents oppose plans by the Wysocki Family of Companies to build a large-scale dairy. The board has also established an ad hoc committee to study the effect of manure irrigation and the authority local governments have in regulating it.

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