Kewaunee County Board Supervisor Lee Luft hopes Republican leadership in the state Legislature reconsiders plans to join lawsuits that could have an impact on the area’s ground and surface waters. According to the USA Today-Wisconsin Network, legislators recently approved hiring private attorneys to focus on a pair of cases involving Act 21 which prohibits the Department of Natural Resources from putting additional conditions on permits that are not already written in law. One of those cases involves the environmental permit for Kinnard Farms in Casco, where judges have gone back and forth on whether electronic well monitors need to be installed. Luft emailed Republican leaders Saturday, including local legislators Rep. Joel Kitchens and Senator Andre Jacque, to voice his displeasure with the decision. He says using taxpayer dollars to defend such cases is a slap in the face of the people most affected by their outcomes.
The Wisconsin State Supreme Court agreed to take the case between the Midwest Environmental Advocates and the DNR on April 15th.