HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Places » U.S. » Wisconsin (Group) » Wisconsin: State Supreme...
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 06:55 AM

Wisconsin: State Supreme Court says communities have no right to limit pollution

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/state_and_regional/supreme-court-says-local-communities-can-t-set-restrictions-on/article_0bcec612-cb58-11e1-9ce6-001a4bcf887a.html




The Wisconsin Supreme Court dealt a blow to environmentalists concerned about water pollution from huge livestock farms Wednesday, when it said communities couldn't set stricter standards than the state.

The ruling was believed to be the first decision by a state Supreme Court in about a half-dozen cases pitting neighbors and small farmers throughout the Midwest against so-called factory farms, which can have hundreds or even thousands of animals. Similar cases have been filed in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio and Oklahoma, and the decision was closely watched.

The Wisconsin case began in 2007 when Larson Acres Inc. applied for a permit to expand its farm in Magnolia, a rural community of about 1,000 people about 30 miles south of Madison. The farm already had 1,000 cows, and residents blamed it for polluting their water supply. Town officials cited tests showing high nitrate levels, which could be evidence of pollution from manure, so the town granted the permit with conditions: The farm had to allow the town to conduct monthly water quality tests on its land, and it had to follow certain crop-rotation strategies to reduce nitrate buildup.

The farm sued, arguing that pollution-control measures are laid out by the state and can't be modified by individual towns. The state Supreme Court agreed, saying state law prevented the town from imposing additional conditions on top of standards the state already set for permits.



Who would have guessed that the Republican-controlled State Supreme Court would rule in favor of more pollution? Money and power trump the welfare of the People every time. Who cares about clean water when there are greenbacks at stake?

5 replies, 1126 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 5 replies Author Time Post
Reply Wisconsin: State Supreme Court says communities have no right to limit pollution (Original post)
Scuba Jul 2012 OP
think Jul 2012 #1
midnight Jul 2012 #5
postulater Jul 2012 #2
a kennedy Jul 2012 #3
hue Jul 2012 #4

Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 07:14 AM

1. Enjoy a little shit in your water. Corporations Rule!

Last edited Thu Jul 12, 2012, 10:38 AM - Edit history (1)

(Just want to add my condolences to the people in Wisconsin that must put up with corporate malfeasance.)

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to think (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 13, 2012, 12:09 AM

5. Your comment reminds me of this video I saw a while back:

AFSCME video

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 09:05 AM

2. This will likely apply to the new generation

of frac sand mines pock-marking central and western Wisconsin.

It's all about the bucks.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 09:30 AM

3. What has happened to my beloved State.....

Wisconsin was once a proud leader in the environment and worker rights, now it's just a laughing stock, a follower state, a loser state. Backward wisconsin.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 06:09 PM

4. Believe me, the Repukes have every intention of raping our beloved Wisconsin!

That's what they want: the power to rape our state to keep their millions ($$$$) flowing in!!!!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread