Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Golden Sands CAFO info/hearing likely after Nov. election

Despite the news story to the contrary below, I am hearing - - and not for the first time - - that this hot potato will be held until after the November elections:

Saratoga CAFO report could be released soon

long-awaited report about a controversial dairy farm that could be built in southern Wood County may soon be released.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources tentatively plans to issue a draft environmental impact statement about the proposed Golden Sands Dairy by the end of September, a senior DNR official told state legislators Wednesday.

The DNR also is tentatively planning to hold a public hearing in late October, although both dates are subject to change...

Golden Sands Dairy would have 5,300 cows and is expected to produce 55 million gallons of liquid manure each year, according to the DNR. The farm also would have 33 high-capacity wells, each of which has the capacity to draw more than 100,000 gallons of water per day.

If it occurs, the delay is likely related to the political problems caused statewide by CAFO runoff, additional pollution from millions of gallons of CAFO manure spread by aerosol spray on nearby farms, CAFOs' heavy groundwater demands and several other issues causing political problems for GOP legislators. 

It would also not surprise me if Walker tries to minimize coverage that plays into the big-money, speciall-interest "supplicant" label The Washington Post dropped on him in the wake of The Guardian's document dump.

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign has tracked more than $30,000 in donations from the CAFO's owners to Walker's campaign.
Here's a longer list of those hot potatoes which Walker's 'chamber of commerce mentality;-driven DNR has on its plate.

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