A large Brown County dairy farm has been ordered to pay fines and costs totalling $80,000 for numerous violations in 2008, including allowing manure to run from two overfilled manure pits into a nearby stream.

The action against the Gold Dust Dairy, near De Pere, and its owner, James T. Thompson, was announced by the Wisconsin Department of Justice on Monday. The farm is one of the large dairy farms regulated by the state Department of Natural Resources. Farms with more than 700 cows are required to obtain a pollution permit from the agency.

According to the Department of Justice, the farm, which produces more than 16.5 million gallons of manure a year, was cited by the DNR for five violations. In addition to discharging the manure, the farm was discharging polluted stormwater into a nearby stream.

Also, the farm's stormwater system was inoperable, it was using an illegal manure storage system, and it had no records of required inspections. 

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