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  • Utilities, Environmental Groups, Regulators Come Together for Clean Power Plan
    (Dec. 16, 2014) — Clean Wisconsin is among a diverse group of Midwestern organizations and electricity sector stakeholders meeting today with top officials at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency to give input on EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The plan, currently in draft form, would help to reduce carbon pollution from Wisconsin power plants by 34 percent below 2012 levels over the next 15 years.

    Clean Wisconsin files air quality standards lawsuit
    (Dec. 11, 2014) — In 2010, the EPA strengthened federal standards for sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions to protect public health against dangerous short-term pollution spikes. Although Wisconsin is required under state and federal law to update our air quality regulations, DNR has not adopted these health-based standards. As a result, air quality enforcement and permitting in Wisconsin continues under outdated, inadequate standards.

    Seeds of Challenge Examines Extreme Weather Impacts to Agriculture
    (Dec. 3, 2014) — According to a survey of nearly five dozen farmers statewide, extreme weather events such as drought, above-normal heat and flooding are hurting crop yields, livestock and the bottom line. 

    Permit for Heifer Operation a Victory for Clean Water
    (Dec. 2, 2014) — An Adams County heifer operation must install additional monitoring equipment and continue efforts to clean up the groundwater under a state wastewater permit granted Tuesday.

    New Report Shows EPA Clean Power Plan Achievable In Wisconsin
    (Nov. 19, 2014) — Cutting Carbon Works for Wisconsin was unveiled with help from the health, faith and youth communities. The report recommends a comprehensive stakeholder process to determine how Wisconsin can maximize renewable energy and energy efficiency. 

    (Nov. 19, 2014) —  "Well-designed research studies show that these new standards can be expected to produce the following favorable outcomes:  3500 fewer premature deaths, 1000 fewer hospitalizations and 220 fewer heart attacks (Co-Benefits of Carbon Standards Study, research ongoing, Harvard, Boston University and Syracuse University)." 
    Peter Bakken: Faith Perspective on Why the EPA Clean Power Plan Matters
    (Nov. 19, 2014) — "It is distressing to realize just how much worse global crises such as hunger, poverty, lack of potable water, armed conflict, and refugee resettlement will become as a result of climate change." 
    (Nov. 18, 2014) — The report, Don't Drink the Water, is the result of a year-long analysis of DNR well testing and coal ash disposal records. It calls for a moratorium on coal ash spreading until better protections can be put in place. 
    (Nov. 14, 2014) — This Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, is America Recycles Day, a celebration of how much recycling benefits local communities. It’s also the perfect opportunity to learn how to make an even larger impact for the environment.
    (Nov. 7, 2014) — Whether we get relatively mild weather or another Polar Vortex, one thing’s for certain: Another Wisconsin winter is on the way, and it’s going to get cold. With that cold comes many opportunities for warmth, energy and money to slip out of your home and bank account.
    (Oct. 27, 2014) — At a time when our state and nation remain deeply divided on many issues, clean energy and energy efficiency unite people of all political stripes. It’s definitely something candidates should be talking about. How we chart our energy future in Wisconsin has great potential to benefit our economy and our quality of life.
    (Oct. 22, 2014) — Portions of Kewaunee County are especially susceptible to groundwater pollution because they have shallow soils overlaying fractured carbonate bedrock, resulting in the rapid movement of contaminants, including bacteria and nitrates. Even a single exposure to salmonella or campylobacter jejuni which has been found in some of Kewaunee County’s wells, has been known to cause serious illness or death.

    Farm Field to Kitchen to Table, Chef Dan Fox Has It Covered
    (Oct. 15, 2014) — Fox is the featured speaker in the latest installment of The Doug La Follette Environmental Speakers Program on Oct. 28.

    (Oct. 3, 2014) — With autumn now in full swing, many of us are preparing for some time outdoors with rakes and leaf blowers to clear the lawn. However, it’s important to understand the connection between fallen leaves and the algae blooms we have been seeing each summer in Wisconsin’s lakes. Leaves contain phosphorus, and can contribute to phosphorus runoff. Luckily, there are easy methods to benefit both the environment and your lawn and garden.
    (Sept. 19, 2014) — A judge has ruled that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was right to use its authority to require groundwater monitoring equipment at New Chester Dairy, Grand Marsh, in Adams County. Administrative Law Judge Jeffrey Boldt’s order Friday marks the second significant ruling on Central Wisconsin groundwater disputes in less than a month that will have a positive impact on protection of natural resources statewide.
    (Sept. 4, 2014) —  A precedent-setting ruling in a Central Wisconsin groundwater case says the Department of Natural Resources should be considering the much bigger picture of cumulative impacts when issuing high-capacity well permits. Administrative Law Judge Jeffrey Boldt’s decision affirms that groundwater use is a privilege, not a right, and is subject to ensuring that use does not adversely affect water table levels or surface water. 
    (Sept. 4, 2014) —  Wide margins of Wisconsin voters say that they want to see Wisconsin meet more of its energy needs through clean, renewable sources like wind, solar and bioenergy and energy efficiency, according to a recent bipartisan poll. They are also more likely to support candidates who say they will promote more use of clean renewable energy like wind and solar power.
    (Aug. 25, 2014) —  The state Department of Natural Resources has denied Wisconsin Public Service’s request to abandon the protective standards limiting mercury pollution at the Weston 4 power plant.
  • Wisconsin Utilities Hit Renewable Energy Target Two Years Early
  • (June 12, 2014) —  Wisconsin’s utilities are two years ahead of schedule in meeting an important milestone for clean energy. A Wisconsin Public Service Commission report released today shows that the utilities in 2013 collectively surpassed the 10 percent goal for renewable generation established in the state Renewable Portfolio Standard. 
  • Wisconsin Will Benefit From First-Ever Carbon Pollution Standards
  • (June 2, 2014) —  The first-ever standards for carbon pollution at U.S. power plants represent a historic moment in Wisconsin and throughout the nation for the good of public health, the environment and the economy. The standards, unveiled today in draft form, call for a 30 percent emissions reduction by 2030 below 2005 levels.
  • Wisconsin Well-Placed for EPA's Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards
  • (May 19, 2014) —  A historic moment draws near as EPA prepares to unveil the first-ever standards to curb carbon pollution from power plants, which are currently the source of 40 percent of American carbon emissions. EPA’s carbon limits represent a major step forward for cleaner air, and a major step that Wisconsin has potential to make in stride.
  • U.S. National Climate Assessment Underscores Need for Action
  • (May 6, 2014) —  Today’s release of the third U.S. National Climate Assessment underscores the need for common-sense action to reverse the effects of climate change in Wisconsin, where numerous threats to agriculture, trout fishing and the ecosystem have been building for years.
  • Cross State Air Pollution Rule a Win for Wisconsin
  • (April 30, 2014) —  State by state, air pollution from coal-fired power plants is a deadly export. 
  • Fishing opener comes amid new information about Wisconsin's mercury threat
  • (April 30, 2014) —  New analysis shows that Wisconsin's already impaired waters remain at risk of taking on even more of the harmful toxin from nearly 1 million old mercury-containing thermostats.
  • Doug La Follette Environmental Speaker Jon Turk's Tales of a Changing Planet
  • (April 19, 2014) —  More than 40 years of global exploration have shown Jon Turk, first-hand, that the world is a changing place.
  • Three Earth Day Feature Story Angles
  • (April 17, 2014) —  April 22, 2014, marks the 44th observance of Earth Day, a day to promote responsible citizenship and sound policy to preserve natural resources and lay the foundation for a healthier future. 
  • (April 15, 2014) —  Nearly 100 people attended a public hearing to call for action over dangerously high nitrate levels in the groundwater near a Central Wisconsin heifer operation. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources granted the hearing as it considers an exemption for nitrate contamination at Burr Oak Heifers in Richfield, Adams County. 
  • (April 14, 2014) —  From its meager beginnings as a day of environmental awareness, Earth Day has grown into a global affair in support of healthy, sustainable ideas for use year-round. April 22, 2014, marks the 44th observance of Earth Day. Especially for Wisconsinites, it’s a time of proud reflection. 
  • (March 5, 2014) — 
     The Wisconsin Department of Natural resources is granting a public hearing for April 15 after the widespread call for action over dangerously high nitrate levels in the groundwater near a Central Wisconsin dairy farm. Clean Wisconsin joined more than 40 concerned citizens requesting the hearing to advocate for cleaner water.
  • (Feb. 26, 2014) — 
     By the year 2030, 30 percent of the electricity in Wisconsin would be generated by renewable sources under a plan unveiled today in the state Legislature called the Wisconsin Renewable Energy Act. The proposal would build significantly on the current standard for 10 percent renewables by 2015. 
  • (Feb. 17, 2014) — 
     A 74-mile natural gas pipeline proposed in west central Wisconsin has potential to create numerous and significant adverse impacts on wetlands, surface water, rare or threatened species' habitats and high-quality woodlands. 
  • (Jan. 30, 2014) — 
     A significant victory for public health and the environment was made this morning when the Wisconsin Public Service Commission authorized We Energies to move forward with plans to replace the coal generators for cleaner burning natural gas at the Valley Power Plant in downtown Milwaukee. 
  • (Jan. 22, 2014) — 
     U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s new clean energy legislation poses a significant opportunity to revitalize our manufacturing base by training the bright students of today to create the clean energy solutions of tomorrow.
  • (December 17, 2013) — 
    Today’s ruling makes it clear: the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has the authority to require high-capacity well owners to monitor groundwater levels. 
   Wisconsin Could Cut Carbon 43% with Existing Policy, Infrastructure
  • (December 10, 2013) — 
    Extending the lifespan of Wisconsin’s clean energy policies and using existing infrastructure more efficiently could cut carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 43 percent below 2011 levels by the year 2020.
  • (December 4, 2013) — 
    Energy efficiency is both a money-saver and a job-creator for Wisconsin, producing a $7 return for every dollar invested. 
  • (December 4, 2013) — 
    Clean Wisconsin has formally requested that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources deny the City of Waukesha’s application to replace its current public water supply with Lake Michigan water.
  • (November 14, 2013) — 
    Wisconsin has long been a recycling leader, having passed one of the first comprehensive recycling laws in 1990. Today, more than 94 percent of Wisconsin households recycle, and these efforts have kept more than 7 million tons of waste out of state landfills in the past decade alone.
  • (November 8, 2013) — The state Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee today passed an amended bill that seeks to undo an important unanimous Wisconsin Supreme Court decision protecting state waterways.
  • (October 21, 2013) — A bill that has gained bipartisan support in the Wisconsin Legislature by encouraging recycling of old mercury thermostats will help reduce the health and environmental risks of this harmful toxin.
  • (October 16, 2013) — The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has granted Clean Wisconsin’s petition challenging a Wisconsin Public Service Corp. (WPS) permit allowing the utility to emit mercury beyond legal limits.
  • (October 14, 2013) — Clean Wisconsin issued the following statement on the City of Waukesha’s application to divert water from Lake Michigan today.
  • (September 26, 2013) — After a long and thorough analysis, the Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the proposed Highland Wind project in St. Croix County in a 2-1 vote today, demonstrating its support for advancement of clean, safe, renewable energy in Wisconsin.
  • (September 20, 2013) — Similar to an initial carbon standard released last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new draft today that creates separate standards for new coal- and gas-fired power plants.
  • (August 15, 2013) — With concerned citizens gathering in Hurley, Wis. today for the first of potentially only two required hearings regarding Gogebic Taconite’s application to mine iron ore from the Penokee Range, the company’s initial application materials are a huge cause for concern about the future of Wisconsin’s Northwoods.
  • (August 8, 2013) — Today, 169 businesses and organizations from six Midwest states, including many Wisconsin businesses and numerous religious and health organizations here, sent a letter to President Obama thanking him for the Climate Action Plan he laid out in June.
  • (June 25, 2013) — Today, President Obama outlined a comprehensive but practical plan to reduce carbon pollution and the impacts of climate change, an announcement  welcomed by businesses, health professionals and environmental groups.  
  • (May 29, 2013) — In a surprise move last week , the Joint Committee on Finance slipped a new groundwater policy into the 2013-’14 budget bill on a party-line vote, putting Wisconsin’s lakes, rivers and drinking water at risk.