General permit system for Wis. CAFOs gets OK at hearing

No opposition to speeding up DNR permit process for CAFOs...

This story details the current move by the Wisconsin DNR to streamline the permit process for CAFOs and the reasons behind this move.

By Sara Bredesen
Regional Editor - Country Today

WAUSAU - Opposition was absent at the first of five hearings on the Department of Natural Resources' proposed general permits for concentrated animal feeding operations under the state's point source pollution program.

Twenty-five people attended the hearing March 26 at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau and seven made comments. All speakers were in favor of the general permitting system. Few changes were suggested.

...some farmers complained that they missed out on lower building material prices because they were held up in the permitting process. A general permit would help move the process along.

...environmental groups would do well to focus on getting more farms into CAFO permits.

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