Permitting shift to DATCP: In his rural agenda, Gov. Scott Walker announced the intention to work with the Legislature to transfer the authority to administer isconsin’s CAFO program from the Department of Natural Resources to the epartment of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Legislation is forthcoming to grant the authority to the agencies to initiate the transfer, but approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is needed as well.
NR 151: In late January, the state Natural Resources Board endorsed targeted performance standards for manure spreading in eastern Wisconsin. The proposed rule now moves to the governor’s office and the Legislature. The rule sets restrictions for the mechanical application of manure based on soil depth to bedrock.
Capitol movements: Keith Ripp, a former Republican representative from Lodi, recently was appointed to serve as assistant deputy secretary at DATCP. Former Sen. Frank Lasee left his seat for a position at the Depart-ment of Workforce evelopment. In the 10th Senate District, Patty Schachtner, D-Somerset, won a special election in the 10th Senate District while Rick Gundrum, R-Slinger, won in the 58th Assembly District special election.
Wetland bills: Two sets of bills that would exempt artificial wetlands are being considered by the Legislature.