Environment


Firefighting foam is invaluable for extinguishing blazes, but it also contains per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of man-made chemicals also found in other products. PFAS are known as "forever chemicals" because they do not easily break down in nature and become contaminants or health hazards. (Shutterstock image)
Republicans Kill DNR Rules That Would Have Protected WI Water From ‘Forever Chemicals’

Administrative Rules Committee voted along party lines to remove enforcement sections to appease industry.

Madison firefighters spray PFAS-free foam during a media demonstration earlier this year. The PFAS-free foam is an alternative to the foam produced at the Tyco plant in Marinette. (Photo by Madison Fire Department)
Evers Announces Plans for PFAS Standards, Support for Veterans Living Near Contaminated Military Sites

Recommendations outline efforts to boost rural economy, enact environmental safeguards. But GOP may be about to weaken rules on “forever chemicals.”

Concerns about a proposed pipeline include potential spills, such as this July 2010 oil spill of approximately 840,000 gallons of crude oil into the Kalamazoo River in Battle Creek, Michigan, from a 30 inch-wide pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy Partners. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
A New Dirty Energy Pipeline Project Is Being Proposed for Northern Wisconsin

Line would run south of Bad River Tribal Land. New pro-energy group announces its existence to support the project.

Wisconsin's Wolf River (Image via Shutterstock)
Company Kills Wolf River Mine Plans, But Will Continue Exploration ‘Within the Region’

The first exploratory drilling in Wisconsin since 2012 comes up empty for the mining company.

Melissa Gavin of Cross Plains talks about how flood waters reached and damaged her house in 2018. Gavin attributes the flooding to climate change. (Photo © Andy Manis)
2018 Flood Pushes Wisconsin Village to Tackle Changing Climate

Stop contributing to the problem, and plan ahead for the impacts that are now our new normal.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has upgraded his plans to fight climate change in Wisconsin and elsewhere.
WI Environmental Advocates Turn to Local Govts. for Action in the Age of Trump

Biden has beefed up his proposals to add green jobs, and help diverse communities benefit from addressing climate change in Wisconsin.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about climate change and wildfires affecting western states, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Biden’s Plan for the Climate Is Focused on Clean Jobs. Trump Says ‘It Will Start Getting Cooler.’

Both presidential nominees spoke about the environment as wildfires burn throughout the West Coast. Only Biden has released a plan to fight climate change.