Is Rosendale Dairy good for Wisconsin’s economy, or too stinky to be allowed to grow?

Does it represent a step forward in dairy innovation, or a step back in statewide regulation?

These were the debates that raged through Thursday evening as proponents and opponents alike of Rosendale Dairy came to Royal Ridges during a public hearing held by the DNR.

Although many speakers got off topic, with some admitting they went to the podium just to air how they feel, the meeting actually was aimed at gaining public input on the proposed expansion of Rosendale Dairy.

If completed, it would make the dairy the largest in the state creating numerous jobs, and one that creates more waste than the city of Green Bay.

Before it can finish this growth, though, the DNR must grant a modification of its existing WPDES [wastewater discharge] permit, granted earlier this year for Phase I of the dairy. Decision on whether it will grant the request is expected to come in January.

Currently, the dairy has 4,000 milking cows and 150 steer; it hopes to double both those figures.

Read the full story in the Dec. 10, 2009 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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