DNR scales back manure rules after industry complaints

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Department of Natural Resources has scaled back proposed rules regulating factory farms' manure spreading amid complaints from the dairy industry.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2aJjeJn ) the DNR last month completed scope statements to update manure spreading regulations for factory farms statewide, with special restrictions for sensitive areas and new rules on airborne spraying.

As per state law, the agency submitted the statements to Gov. Scott Walker's office for approval. Walker's office then shared them with the dairy industry.

The Dairy Business Association expressed concerns about the plan. In mid-July the agency submitted a more limited scope statement to Walker. The governor approved it the same day.

The new statement doesn't include revisions on airborne spraying and doesn't bring rules in line with new state and federal regulations.

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