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DNR inspections down

MADISON (WKOW) -

The number of environmental inspections conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources declined sharply in Scott Walker's first year as governor, according to a report by the

The newspaper reports the decreases were seen in most categories affecting air and water quality.

Inspections of large farms were down 46 percent, and private well inspections were down 36 percent in 2011.

Environmental leaders say the numbers raise questions about the direction of the DNR under the Walker administration.

DNR officials say they a shortage of workers, and they are still meeting federal inspection requirements.

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