Stories tagged: "Clean Water"


(Illustration by Morgaine Ford-Workman)
GOP Lawmakers Take an Axe to Evers’ Proposals on BadgerCare, Tenant Protections, Legal Pot, Minimum Wage

Republicans begin detailed work on a new state budget by announcing they’ll also kill the governor’s standards for clean water.

An archival image of the Plainfield Tunnel Channel Lakes in Waushara County, which have experienced a reduction in water levels due to groundwater withdrawals for irrigated agriculture. (Photo credit: Wisconsin DNR)
Clean Water at Stake as WI Supreme Court Hears Appeals to Take GOP Restrictions Off the DNR

Clean Wisconsin asks the court to remove legislative micromanagement citing megafarm pollution and high-capacity wells draining lakes.

State Capitol dome interior
From LGBTQ ‘Conversion Therapy’ to Protecting Polluters, GOP Uses a Rules Committee to Bypass Lawmaking

COVID aid and renter relief are also among the areas affected by an obscure but powerful legislative panel.

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.”

Bensalem, Pennsylvania / USA - February 7, 2019: Firefighting foam remains on the ground surface following a tanker truck accident.
Regulations on ‘Forever Chemicals’ Now on Hold After Heavy Corporate Lobbying Push

Delay in writing rules prevents even a modest step toward better containment and disposal of hazardous firefighting foam.

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)
Public Comments Open for Tyco Plant ‘Forever Chemical’ Spill

Public comment period open through Sept. 24 on proposal to reissue wastewater permit, reducing discharge of arsenic, forever chemicals into Menominee River.