Travelers often remark when coming to the Northwoods about how clean our air is here. A recent federal report finds all Wisconsin counties should be designated as meeting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards.
The EPA reviewed data from all 50 states on fine particles. Wisconsin met or exceeded EPA standards from border to border.
Wisconsin DNR Air Management Specialist Anne Bogar says the numbers show the state's air is cleaner...
Governor Scott Walker says he hopes the EPA won’t intervene based on political reasons to stop an iron mine permitting process from moving forward.
Wisconsin’s six Chippewa tribes have asked the federal agency to step in before the state DNR or the Army Corps of Engineers reviews a proposed mine in the Penokee Hills. The tribes say water quality and fisheries protected by treaty rights are at stake.
Stopping in Rhinelander today, Governor Walker said state laws offer strong environmental protections.
The Forest County Potawatomi Community is taking a first step towards controlling water quality on its reservation. The Wisconsin DNR is looking for public input on the proposal.
The tribe has applied to the EPA for treatment as state. Which means it would have authority to uphold water quality standards on the reservation. Potawatomi spokesperson George Ermert says to do that the tribe must prove that is has the resources to manage water quality.
The Attorney General's office has reached a judgment against Wisconsin Public Service because of violations of it's air pollution control permit. The northeastern Wisconsin utility is being fined $80,000.
The civil complaint was filed in Marathon County Circuit Court. DNR Air Management spokesperson Jeff Johnson talks about what happened this week.