In rare move, DNR expert criticizes bill that would roll back hazardous air regulations

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A bill supported by Republicans and business groups that would do away with state regulation of hazardous air pollutants has an unusual critic — a DNR expert who says the measure would weaken health protections in Wisconsin. It is rare for DNR employees to speak out on legislative issues. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Kohler’s new golf course gets tentative approval for wetlands permit from DNR

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The state DNR says it has tentatively approved a key permit involving the impact on wetlands for Kohler Co.’s controversial planned multimillion-dollar golf course on the shore of Lake Michigan in Sheboygan County. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin lawmakers consider eliminating all state air pollution rules

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Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a proposal that would eliminate all of the state’s air quality regulations by the end of next year. Assembly lawmakers met last week for a public hearing on a bill that would eliminate all of the state DNR’s rules for air quality and retain only federal air regulations. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin, under Scott Walker, no longer leads in conservation

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Walker and GOP lawmakers have used one-party control since 2011 to engineer the biggest shift in natural resource management since the Clean Water Act. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Lee Bergquist takes an in-depth look.

Zweifel: Air and water suffer as politicians pander

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There’s obviously no end to the degradation of what was once Wisconsin’s revered environmental heritage by the wrecking crew that currently runs state government. The latest outrage is yet another proposal putting the interests of big business political donors ahead of safeguarding our state’s natural beauty, environmental equilibrium and water quality. > Cap Times

Legislature passes bill allowing utilities to fill wetlands

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The Wisconsin Legislature has passed a bill that would loosen wetland restoration requirements for public utilities. The Republican bill, which now heads to Gov. Walker’s desk, would allow the DNR to exempt public utilities and power cooperatives from mitigation requirements if they fill no more than 10,000-square-feet of wetlands. > Fox 11 Green Bay