Some of the concerns aired by those at December’s public hearing about modifying Rosendale Dairy’s wastewater permit were deemed irrelevant or outside the scope of matters addressed in the final draft.

“Quite a few [of the concerns] did deal with issues beyond the scope of what we are asked to review for the modification,” said Liz Spaeth-Werner, wastewater specialist for the DNR. “Also a fair number were germane to the permit.”

“We’ve taken existing laws as far as they can go to assure that significant safeguards are in place to maximize protection for the environment,” said Gordon Stevenson, who leads the DNR’s runoff management section, in a press release.

Yet many were found not to be germane to the process, or out of the scope of what the DNR can regulate — regardless of their merit.

“The department does not have the authority to ...” was among the most repeated phrases used in the responses to comments sent to the DNR about the permit modification.

Read the full story in the Jan. 28, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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