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

EPA says it welcomes public’s ideas on continued Great Lakes cleanup

The U.S. EPA says it wants the public to help shape the next five years of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Over the last nine years, the GLRI has coordinated and distributed almost $3 billion for cleanup work around the lakes, including dozens of projects in Wisconsin. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Brad Schimel will miss Scott Pruitt, but he will carry on

When it comes to environmental protection — or more accurately, destruction — departed EPA head Scott Pruitt and Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel are two peas in a pod. > Cap Times

Spencer Black: Degraded waterways part of Scott Walker’s legacy

More than 800 waterways have been added to the list of lakes and streams that exceed phosphorus and other pollutant limits since Scott Walker became governor. In addition to weakening regulations that control shoreline development and dredging, Walker has allowed the destruction of more wetlands, which absorb pollutants before they reach the lakes. > Cap Times

Dairy group uses behind-the-scenes influence with Walker to shift regulation of large livestock farms

Agriculture interests are working behind the scenes with the administration of Gov. Scott Walker as he mounts a major change in the way large livestock farms are regulated in Wisconsin. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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

Groups file legal challenge to Foxconn’s Lake Michigan diversion plan

Great Lakes groups have filed a legal challenge to Wisconsin’s approval of a water diversion plan for the planned Foxconn factory. The DNR approved a proposal last month that would allow Racine to take 7 million gallons a day from Lake Michigan and pipe the water to the company. > Wisconsin Public Radio