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Adams v. Wisconsin Livestock Facilities Siting Review Board

ELR Citation: 42 ELR 20149
Nos. 2009AP608, (Wis., 07/11/2012)

The Supreme Court of Wisconsin held that under state law, a town may not impose conditions on a livestock siting permit to protect surface and groundwater. The state legislature has strictly limited the ability of political subdivisions to regulate the livestock facility siting process. The town overstepped those limitations when it impermissibly conditioned the terms of the permit without following the guidelines set forth by the legislature. Because the town’s actions violated the state's siting law, the court affirmed a lower court decision reversing and remanding the permit to the state livestock siting board.