Water Quality Task Force Meets in Mauston & La Crosse

The Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality convened for two more meetings this week in Mauston and La Crosse. In La Crosse on June 13, the task force first heard from the Wisconsin Rural Water Association (WRWA). Overall, WRWA emphasized that the task force should recognize that water issues and regulations affect small rural systems […]

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DOJ Restructuring to Focus on Environmental Enforcement

On May 23, Attorney General Josh Kaul announced a restructuring at the Department of Justice (DOJ) that will allow for more environmental enforcement. The restructuring merges DOJ’s Environmental Protection Unit and Consumer Protection Unit under a single Public Protection Unit. Kaul said the new unit is “a step toward revitalizing the enforcement of our consumer protection […]

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Legislators Circulate Bills Addressing PFAS

Last week, legislators on both sides of the aisle circulated differing proposals to address PFAS in Wisconsin. PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are manufactured chemicals that are found in many everyday products, including nonstick pans, cleaning products, paints, and firefighting foam. Competing studies debate whether or not PFAS have negative health effects, and, if they do, […]

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Water Quality Task Force Meets in Janesville

The Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality met in Janesville on May 29 for another public hearing. The task force heard from conservationists, farmers, septic utilities, and energy experts before taking public testimony. First, the committee heard from Rock County’s conservationist and environmental health director. The county officials gave a presentation outlining concerns about nitrate […]

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Water Quality Task Force Meets in Lancaster

The Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality met for its first public hearing on May 8 in Lancaster. The task force heard from several research and farm groups before taking public testimony. The Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology Study (SWIGG) started off the meeting with a discussion of their preliminary results released earlier this year. […]

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EPA Releases Draft Interim PFAS Recommendations

The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released draft preliminary guidelines for PFOA and PFOS. The interim recommendations follow EPA’s PFAS Action Plan announced earlier this year. PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), including PFOA and PFOS, are manufactured chemicals that are found in many everyday products, including nonstick pans, cleaning products, paints, and firefighting foam. The interim EPA […]

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DNR To Move Forward With Phosphorus Criteria Rulemaking

On April 10, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Board gave its approval to move forward with a rule that would establish procedures for developing site-specific phosphorus criteria. DNR plans to submit the rule to Legislative Council and hold public hearings on the rule this summer. Current Wis. Admin. Code NR 102.06 establishes statewide phosphorus criteria. […]

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Water Quality Task Force Discusses Agriculture & Groundwater

The Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality met for the second time in Madison on April 3 to hear testimony from both farmers and conservation advocates on solutions to improve water quality in Wisconsin. The committee hopes to put forth bipartisan legislative recommendations on clean drinking water by this fall. The first presenter, the Wisconsin […]

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DNR Proposes Changes to Air Permit Processes

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently promulgating rules that would update DNR code related to air permitting processes (Wis. Admin. Code NR 406 and 407).  The rulemaking includes provisions to create some additional permit exemptions, implement electronic reporting, clarify certain types of activity to which permits apply, and restrict administrative corrections to […]

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Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality Meets to Hear Agency Testimony

The Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality met for the first time in the state capitol this week to hear testimony from state agencies on water quality issues throughout the state. The committee hopes to put forth bipartisan legislative recommendations on clean drinking water by this fall. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) briefed the […]

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