- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials say they had more than 150 applications for high-capacity water wells pending as of December.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos contends confusion over the extent of the DNR’s authority to regulate high-capacity wells stemming from conflicting court rulings has led to a backlog of applications. The Assembly Organization Committee on Tuesday approved Vos’ request to ask Attorney General Brad Schimel for a formal opinion on the agency’s authority. Vos cited the backlog as a need for clarifying the DNR’s role but didn’t say how large it was.

DNR spokesman George Althoff said Wednesday the agency had 161 applications pending as of December. He didn’t have any data on how where the backlog currently stands. He says the DNR would welcome any clarification Schimel can offer.

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