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The Wisconsin Department of Justice Obtains Judgment Against Owner/Operator of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation in Kewaunee County

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that his office has obtained a judgment against Keith A. Duescher of Algoma, Wisconsin, in the Circuit Court of Kewaunee County.  Duescher owned and operated Duescher's Legendairy Farms, a concentrated animal feeding operation located on Longfellow Road in Algoma. 


During the time of operation, Duescher placed an inlet in navigable water without a permit, discharged fill material into wetlands without a permit, burned plastic outdoors, stored and disposed of solid waste without a license, failed to inspect for asbestos prior to demolishing, and discharged pollutants directly from a feed storage area to a tributary of Lake Michigan. These violations were described with more detail in the civil complaint filed in Kewaunee County.


“This is another example of the importance of the partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and Department of Justice in holding regulated operations accountable for environmental harm,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.  “The state's permitting process is designed to protect Wisconsin's environment while allowing individuals and businesses to conduct lawful enterprises.”


The order for judgment requires Mr. Duescher to pay the State of Wisconsin $100,000 in combined forfeitures, statutory charges and costs, including $7,000 in attorney's fees.  Duescher's operation is currently in receivership.


The matter was handled by Assistant Attorney General Cynthia R. Hirsch.  Judge Dennis J. Mleziva signed the order on September 12, 2013.


Copies of the Summons and Complaint, Stipulation and Order for Judgment, and Judgment are available here.