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Possible environmental violations investigated at Taylor County farm

Farm buildings - KELO file photo
Farm buildings - KELO file photo

GOODRICH, Wis (WSAU)  The DNR is investigating possible environmental violations at a farm in Goodrich, in Taylor County. The complaint says the owner of the property burned down an old barn without the proper permits, and may have misused liquid manure near a stream.

The concern over the barn-burning is that it may have been painted with a lead-based paint that would have been released into the environment. If so, a lead abatement plan would have been required.

The liquid manure was inside the barn, and may have been poured into a nearby field. The DNR has already issued an advisory against liquid manure use because of the frozen ground and the danger of run-off into nearby waterways.

The owner of the property told WAOW-TV that he wasn't aware of the violation. He's turning the land into a mink farm.