Does election result bring hope for CWD?

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For almost two decades there has been a cloud over the festivities of deer season: chronic wasting disease. And for the last eight years, the government has done nothing to keep it from spreading. But as Dave Cieslewicz writes in the Isthmus, Tony Evers’ election may be reason for hope.

Did politics play role in DNR’s OK of golf course?

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Opponents of a championship-caliber golf course planned by the Kohler Co. along the shoreline of Lake Michigan say political interference played a role when a state agency approved a key permit to fill wetlands for the controversial project. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

DNR refuses to release records on sexual harassment claim

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials are refusing to release records detailing allegations an agency employee harassed female co-workers at a Milwaukee hotel, saying disclosure would hurt workers’ morale and human beings make mistakes. > AP News

Former DNR employee: Staff pressured to OK Kohler golf course on rare wetlands and state park

Despite their assessment that rare wetlands would be impacted, the agency okayed the wetland permit for the 18-hole course, which would also require removal of up to 120 acres of forest. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Conservationists hope Evers will re-energize DNR

Conservationists and outdoors enthusiasts hope Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers will re-energize Wisconsin’s DNR after years of cuts under Republican Scott Walker, counting on him to return the agency to a science-based footing and get tougher on polluters and chronic wasting disease. > AP News

DNR permits wells in areas where judge ruled pumping would harm streams

Wisconsin has approved new high-capacity-well applications in sensitive areas where permits were invalidated by a judge last year because heavy water withdrawals could damage nearby streams. > Wisconsin State Journal

Concerns about Foxconn air permits resurface in gubernatorial race

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources may take another look at air quality permits for a Foxconn manufacturing plant if Democrat Tony Evers is elected governor. The state superintendent of schools told the Wisconsin State Journal the permits should be revisited. > Wisconsin Public Radio