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Audit finds DNR lagging in monitoring wastewater, CAFOs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state audit has found Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources has been lax about monitoring large livestock farms and municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants.

A Legislative Audit Bureau report released Friday found the DNR didn’t consistently follow its own policies when sending enforcement letters about violations. It found the DNR only sent notices for 33 of the 558 instances they should have over the past decade.

The audit also found staff hasn’t been electronically recording submissions of annual reports required of concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. Staff indicated they don’t have time to thoroughly review the reports, meaning areas of noncompliance could be slipping through the cracks.

A DNR statement says it’s already recognized many of the issues identified and has been working to address them.

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