As Supreme Court mulls issue, Attorney General says DNR can consider impact of high-cap wells

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul says the state can consider the impact of high-capacity wells on lakes and streams, reversing guidance of his Republican predecessor even as the state`s Supreme Court considers the issue.

In a letter sent Friday to the Department of Natural Resources, Kaul said he is withdrawing an opinion that said a 2011 law prohibits the DNR from considering the cumulative impact of wells that have been blamed for drying up streams and lakes.

Kaul said the opinion, issued in 2016 by former Attorney General Brad Schimel, had been rendered invalid by two court decisions in a case that resulted in eight well permits being invalidated.

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