Wisconsin still has wastewater permit backlog


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources still has a backlog of wastewater discharge permits to review more than a year after an audit found that it wasn’t following its own policies aimed at preventing water pollution, the agency reported. > AP News

Clean Wisconsin sues over state smog regulations

An environmental group has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over new smog regulations in Wisconsin. The agency narrowed a list of areas that weren’t meeting tougher standards for ground-level ozone pollution in May. > Wisconsin Public Radio

DNR grants hearing to environmental group challenging Foxconn use of Lake Michigan water


Environmentalists are a step closer in challenging the Foxconn project in Mount Pleasant, with news that the DNR has granted a Midwest Environmental Advocates request for a hearing related to Racine’s request to divert up to 7 million gallons of water per day to Mount Pleasant, mostly for use by Foxconn. > Wisconsin State Journal

CWD continues its spread in Wisconsin. Are Walker policies to blame?


Two wild deer far outside Wisconsin’s endemic zone for chronic wasting disease tested positive last week for the always-fatal disease, and yet the DNR downplayed the news in press releases, emphasizing instead that the discoveries renewed baiting and feeding bans for the areas. > Wisconsin State Journal

Judge invalidates western Wisconsin sand mine permits


Wisconsin environmental regulators at the DNR improperly gave a Georgia company permission last year to destroy wetlands to make way for a sand processing plant in Monroe County, a judge ruled Friday. The permits had been challenged by environmental group Clean Wisconsin and the Ho-Chunk Nation. > AP News

Great Lakes mayors aim to ensure Foxconn follows Great Lakes Compact

The future Foxconn factory is getting closer to reality. “While it appears all systems are go, there is one final question: Does the project comply with the Great Lakes Compact?”, asked Mike Gousha on UpFront Sunday.  The DNR thinks so, but not everyone is so sure. > Cap Times

DNR approves water pollution permit for 5,800-cow feedlot

The Wisconsin DNR announced this week that it has approved a permit for a controversial dairy feedlot that would generate an estimated 95 million gallons of manure and waste water annually in the Sugar River watershed about 40 miles south of Madison. > Wisconsin State Journal