Another break for Foxconn? EPA office led by former Walker aide to decide smog pollution rules


The EPA office that last year concluded most of southeast Wisconsin needs to more aggressively tackle lung-damaging smog will decide how much — or how little — Foxconn and other companies must do to curb smog-forming pollution. Only now the office is led by former Walker aide Cathy Stepp. > Chicago Tribune

Wisconsin DNR’s No. 2 to rejoin Cathy Stepp at Chicago EPA


The Wisconsin DNR’s second in command is following former agency secretary Cathy Stepp to the U.S. EPA office in Chicago. Kurt Thiede was a career DNR employee who, unlike Stepp, holds a college degree and a background in the sciences. > Wisconsin State Journal

Conservation group asks Stepp to recuse herself in water pollution case at the EPA


A public interest law firm and a group of citizens on Thursday asked Cathy Stepp, regional administrator of the U.S. EPA, to step aside from any involvement in the federal agency’s ongoing review of Wisconsin’s water pollution program. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Chicago Trib notices: Trump’s EPA pick for Midwest cut enforcement, scrapped climate change info in Wisconsin


The Trump administration’s pick to lead the EPA’s Midwest office is Wisconsin’s former DNR secretary, who rolled back enforcement of anti-pollution laws, reduced funding for scientific research and scrubbed references to human-caused climate change from government websites. > Chicago Tribune

Former Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp moving to EPA’s Midwest regional office


Cathy Stepp, Gov. Walker’s former DNR secretary, has been named by the Trump administration to run the EPA’s regional office in Chicago. When she left Wisconsin’s DNR in August, she was named to run the Kansas City office. In Chicago, she will oversee environmental protection in Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Former DNR Secretary offers choice words about departing Sec. Stepp


Former DNR Secretary George Meyer says Cathy Stepp’s move to the EPA overseeing Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and nine tribal nations worries him, since she will be remembered for “dismantling significant portions of environmental protections in the state of Wisconsin.” He called Stepp’s record the worst of seven DNR secretaries he’s worked with. > WMTV

Wisconsin DNR Secretary leaving to join Trump’s EPA


Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp is leaving the agency to become deputy administrator in an EPA regional office. “The White House presented me with an opportunity I couldn’t ignore,” Stepp said Tuesday morning in an email to agency staff. Stepp was active in Trump’s successful campaign for president last year. > Wisconsin State Journal