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Group Files Lawsuit to Stop Proposed Mega-Dairy in Adams Co.
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/27/2011

A neighboring resident who is opposed to one of the 4,300-cow dairies being built in Adams County has filed a lawsuit against the state's natural resources agency for allegedly failing to enforce environmental protection laws when it gave its okay to the project. Bob Clarke has teamed up with the Madison-based Family Farm Defenders in an effort to sue the Department of Natural Resources for approving plans for the Richfield Dairy, which is being developed near Coloma by MilkSource.

The suit was filed last week in Dane County Circuit Court. The plaintiffs are seeking a judicial review of an administrative decision by the DNR to approve the farm's building permit in June.

According to court records, Clarke contends that mega-dairies have an adverse affect on water quality of neighboring properties because of the amount of manure being placed on the soil.

Richfield Dairy is in the process of filing for a Wisconsin Pollutant Elimination System permit before it can proceed with its plans. Clarke is using his lawsuit to slow that process down in hopes of stopping the project through legal means.

The issue will now go to a court hearing before an administrative law judge, who will assess the adequacy of the farm's plans and specifications.

MilkSource is planning another 4,000-cow dairy in a different section of Adams County. They also have larger farms in Kaukauna, Rosendale and Omro Dairy.

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