Rep. Chris Taylor: Big Coal burns bright at right-wing ALEC conference

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Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) has attended the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) every year since 2013 and regularly reports back her observations. This year we’re running three op/eds Taylor has written about the experience. > Cap Times

GOP lawmakers introduce bill opening Wisconsin to mining

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Two Wisconsin lawmakers have introduced a proposal to repeal state law requiring mining companies to demonstrate they’ve operated without polluting before they’re permitted to extract metals here. “Minnesota and Michigan have placed their shovels in the dirt of America’s future,” said Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst). “It is Wisconsin’s turn to do the same.” > Wisconsin State Journal

Wood County passes resolution to keep oil company from seizing land

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Wood County is asking the state to make it harder for an oil company to seize property for new pipelines. The county’s Board of Supervisors voted 10-8 for the nonbinding resolution asking the Legislature to pass a law that takes away the power of Enbridge Energy to seize property through eminent domain. > Wisconsin Public Radio

DNR hires manager to speed environmental permitting for Foxconn

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The Department of Natural Resources has already brought on a project manager to oversee the expected streamlined environmental permitting for a proposed Foxconn manufacturing plant, Secretary Cathy Stepp said last week. A Walker appointee, Stepp said the DNR is ready to go. > Madison.com

DNR chief says less oversight will speed Foxconn review

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State DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp said Wednesday her agency supports removing regulatory hurdles for Foxconn’s massive electronics plant, but she said environmental standards won’t be compromised. Stepp also said she has hired a dedicated project manager to oversee regulatory responsibilities for the $10 billion project. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Let’s take a time out on factory farms

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From the Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network: “It’s time to put citizens’ rights before Gov.  Walker’s “open for business” mantra. Our rural communities and family farms are in the crosshairs of an expanding and increasingly powerful large-scale agricultural industry, and the harm CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) cause continues to mount across Wisconsin. > Cap Times

WI League of Conservation Voters: Foxconn legislation is dangerous giveaway of our air and water

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WLCV executive director, Kerry Schumann, writes: Just one day after announcing a tax incentive package that spends $3 billion of your money, Walker called a special legislative session and introduced a bill that includes shocking exemptions from established policies that protect your wetlands, water, air and beautiful places. > Cap Times