Dear Editor: On Nov. 15, Gov. Walker’s appearance and declaration to help Kewaunee County came in the form of the big-industry push for taxpayer monies for both digesters and a biogas plant for our community.

A number of mega-farm operations already have digester technologies that have not inhibited their egregious, repetitive contributions to Kewaunee’s pollution and well contamination.

The governor did not discuss increased enforcement, an end to voluntary compliance, or an increased role for his dismantled DNR and his appointed DNR secretary, Cathy Stepp, who was in attendance.

The industry excitedly applauded the visit. Certainly the industries that currently dispose of their industrial wastes in northeast Wisconsin hope to further externalize their “industry” waste products.

Many residing around these now-industrial farming complexes do not care to bolster the industry’s growth through more taxpayer subsidies and the failed promises of addressing water quality issues.

Both Door and Kewaunee County residents need to loudly vocalize their opposition to this taxpayer boondoggle, continuing massive regulatory failure, continuing devastation of the air and water of northeast Wisconsin, and resulting human health threats, plunging property values, and diminished quality of life for disenfranchised community members where we live.

Beautiful northeast Wisconsin is not a “sacrifice zone” for industry — we do not want a biogas plant in northeast Wisconsin!

Nancy Utesch

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