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

DNR hires manager to speed environmental permitting for Foxconn


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. >

Will DNR chief join U.S. EPA wrecking crew?


Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp has confirmed to the Journal Sentinel that she’s been discussing joining the Trump administration. Would she accept an offer? “Depends on what the job would be,” Stepp said. > Urban Milwaukee

DNR chief says less oversight will speed Foxconn review


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

Walker, DNR secretary slowly dismantling state’s conservation agency


The weakening of the Wisconsin DNR continues full steam ahead under the leadership of Gov. Walker and DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. The pending state budget will likely spell the beginning of the end for the DNR magazine and the elimination of the forestry mill tax, all while the DNR is reducing its state fair presence. > Outdoor News