DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp challenged "the citizens of this great state" in a news release issued late Sunday night to come to their own conclusions about a Madison State Journal story she claimed had been unfairly critical of how her agency handled enforcement actions in a massive human waste pollution case that led to the issuance of five citations.
Let's do just that and examine this line from her release:
The paperwork was admittedly sloppy in this instance.Let's begin with word "instance." What did the records show about this "instance," according to the newspaper's examination?
According to the staff memorandum requesting referral to the Justice Department, Herr Environmental’s records showed the company may have spread human waste on Jefferson County farm fields in 2009 at three times the levels allowed by its permit.
The fields on which the company spread excessive waste are adjacent to about 30 residences in a rural Jefferson County subdivision as well as five neighboring farms. About 40 drinking water wells are nearby, according to DNR documents.