Lawsuit Over Oconto County Manure Pit
09/21/2018- The owner of a Marinette County dairy farm says he stands to lose millions of dollars if an Oconto County judge limits or stops the construction of a 12.6 million- gallon manure pit located in the Town of Little River. Neighbors of the facility, which is nearly complete have filed a lawsuit saying the pit could pollute the air with methane and other gases and the odor would impact surrounding property values. They also claim the facility does not meet a 250-foot setback requirement. However, both the engineer for the project and a county conservationist say the project’s plans have been approved and permitted by the DNR and the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection and meet all county specifications for animal waste storage. The planned manure pit is owned by Brian Lepianka who runs B&D Dairy near Pound- a third-generation dairy farm with 65 employees. A judge is set to hear arguments in the case next week.