Wisconsin wants break on ozone rules in advance of Foxconn development


Despite evidence that southeast Wisconsin is violating new and tougher emissions standards for smog, state officials are asking the Trump administration to ignore a recent federal finding and conclude the state is complying with the law. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Walker has abandoned the environment, and voters should abandon him


There are many reasons Scott Walker shouldn’t be elected to a third term: education cuts, corporate giveaways, crumbling infrastructure, and a declining middle class to name a few. But perhaps topping the list is the decimation of our state’s once-proud legacy of conservation of our natural resources. > Cap Times

Racine’s bid to use Lake Michigan water for Foxconn comes under fire


In order to get water to Foxconn, the Racine Water Utility hopes to pipe Lake Michigan water from the Great Lakes basin across Racine County. While advocates of bringing Foxconn to Mount Pleasant stood behind that water plan, people in the crowd at the public hearing Wednesday remained unconvinced. > Milwaukee Public Radio

DNR challenges court decision to revoke high-capacity well permits


A court order to revoke eight high-capacity well permits, based on a suit by Clean Wisconsin, is being appealed by the DNR. Clean Wisconsin claimed the DNR is constitutionally responsible to evaluate the impacts of high capacity wells on the nearby waterways because the wells lower water levels of streams and lakes. > The Pointer

Unease growing among Wisconsin GOP’s base over environmental rollbacks


Frustration with weakened state environmental protections is causing some Republican voters in Wisconsin – such as hunting and fishing enthusiasts, lakefront property owners and neighbors of large farming operations – to ponder something that was unthinkable 10 years ago — possibly voting for Democrats. > Wisconsin State Journal

Marathon County to consider metallic mining restrictions in wake of new state law


Marathon County officials are considering a policy that aims to guard against the potential harm of copper and gold mining. The proposal is a response to legislation signed by Gov. Scott Walker in December that paves the way for metallic mining in Wisconsin. > Wausau Daily Herald

Baldwin earns perfect score from League of Conservation Voters while Johnson gets a zero


U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin scored a perfect 100 percent on the League of Conservation Voters’ annual environmental scorecard. U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson scored a zero. The scorecard is a yardstick for evaluating the environmental records of every member of Congress. > Wisconsin Gazette