Taylor County Farm Accused of Environmental Violations

Board members in the Town of Goodrich in eastern Taylor County are concerned about possible environmental violations committed by a local land owner.

Town Chairman Dennis Raasch says that a man who purchased land last year in order to build a mink farm has caused numerous environmental issues over the past week. First, he says that the owner burned down a barn which was located on the property without obtaining proper permits. He worries that the barn may have been painted with lead paint.

Community Leaders also are concerned that liquid manure from inside the barn was poured out and drained into a field. It has them very worried about possible water contamination.

"The manure went across the field and their is a stream that goes down there and that manure and waste all went into that stream." says Town Chairman Dennis Raasch.

Raasch says that he has contacted both the DNR as well as the Taylor County Zoning Department about the concerns. They are currently looking into the possible violations.

The owner of the property tells Newschannel 7 that he was just made aware of the concerns and had no further comment.

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