DNR grants hearing to environmental group challenging Foxconn use of Lake Michigan water

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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

Baldwin keeps up fight to implement ‘Buy American’ provisions

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U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is looking to bring federal spending back to American companies. Baldwin is adding “Buy American” language to an upcoming water infrastructure bill, and says these provisions should actually be in more federal spending plans. > Wisconsin Radio Network

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

Wisconsin river turns orange after emergency release of sand mine sludge

State and local authorities in western Wisconsin are working to determine the environmental impact after about 10 million gallons of sludge was released from a settling pond to rescue a worker at a Trempealeau County frac sand mine. > La Crosse Tribune

League of Conservation Voters launches ‘Walker’s Wisconsin’ to spotlight his anti-conservation agenda

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As part of its “Field Guide to Taking Back Wisconsin” campaign, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters is kicking off a series to recount how Gov. Scott Walker has taken our state, once considered a conservation model, to somewhere that’s hardly recognizable. The series will focus on air, climate change, democracy, land, and water. > Wisconsin Gazette

EPA investigating possible groundwater contamination in central Wisconsin

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The U.S. EPA investigated potential groundwater contamination in central Wisconsin last week after longstanding complaints over the health impact farms may pose to drinking water, with EPA workers drilling wells in Juneau County near a large dairy farm to test for elevated levels of nitrates and other contamination. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Judge invalidates western Wisconsin sand mine permits

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Wisconsin environmental regulators at the DNR improperly gave a Georgia company permission last year to destroy wetlands to make way for a sand processing plant in Monroe County, a judge ruled Friday. The permits had been challenged by environmental group Clean Wisconsin and the Ho-Chunk Nation. > AP News