AG Kaul Changes Sides In Two Lawsuits

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul has changed the state Department of Justice position to support an environmental advocacy group in lawsuits dealing with dairy farm expansion and high-capacity wells.  The environmental group named “Clean Wisconsin” filed a lawsuit in 2015 challenging the DNR’s decision to allow a farm in Kewaunee County to expand.  The group filed another lawsuit in 2016 alleging the DNR must consider the impact a high-capacity well would have on surrounding groundwater levels before granting permits for such wells.  Both cases are now before the state Supreme Court. The Department Of Justice under Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel had sided with the DNR in both cases.  Democrat Kaul defeated Schimel in November’s elections.  Kaul filed briefs Thursday with the Supreme Court saying the agency is now aligned with Clean Wisconsin.