By Lisa Buchmeier
Courthouse News Service
MADISON, Wisc. (CN) – Family Farm Defenders sued Wisconsin to try to stop a commercial dairy whose planned 6,270 “animal units” would produce 55.3 million gallons of manure and wastewater a year.
Fifty-five million gallons of wastewater would cover 1 acre 169 feet deep.
Family Farm Defenders and three landowners sued the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in Dane County Court.
The state has approved a giant Richfield Dairy in small, centrally located Adams County and rebuffed the nonprofit’s request for a contested hearing.
Family Farm Defenders is joined by three plaintiffs who own land with surface water as far as 25 miles away from the proposed dairy, which the landowners say will be degraded by the dairy’s discharges.
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