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Central Wisconsin Environmental Station offers fall family weeks through November
Dairy Innovation Hub researchers to study effects of manure management regulation in WI
Woodside Teacher Chosen As Wisconsin Environmental Educator Of The Year
It’s time to commit to 100% clean energy
Radical New Building Codes Could Help Madison Achieve Environmental Dreams, But at What Cost?
‘The Civil Rights Movement meets the Environmental Movement: How We Can Advocate for Environmental Justice’
Judge denies key permit for Monroe County sand project; Meteor Timber sought to fill rare wetlands
Judge: Groups didn`t prove Line 3 construction could damage wetlands, streams
EPA Proposes Revised Cleanup Plan for Wisconsin Landfill and Recycling Site
Environmental groups call for PFAS testing in drinking water
Minnesota Supreme Court weighs whether new natural gas plant in Wisconsin needs further review
Ivanka Trump backlash: White House adviser criticized for environmental support tweet amidst father`s anti-environment agenda
Wisconsin Chemical Company Fined by EPA for Air Pollution
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Sustain Dane Summit: Decade to Deliver Full Program Announcement
The 2020 Sustain Dane Summit will take place virtually on Thursday, December 3, featuring “Decade to Deliver” as the conference theme. 2020 marks the beginning of a decade where we must accelerate our actions to deliver results on holistic sustainability: a healthy environment, a just economy, and social wellbeing for all. Our program of meaningful speakers and conversations with participants will focus on global solutions and local actions we can take to create a more thriving and equitable community.

The conference will feature a keynote address from Crystal Chissell, the Vice President of Operations and Engagement at Project Drawdown, the world’s leading resource for climate solutions. Chissell will share Project Drawdown’s research, inspiring stories from climate solutions around the world, and her personal experience with social justice and equity in the climate movement...
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Watertown`s Rosy-Lane Holsteins Wins U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award

Healthy Cows, Environment Are Focus of Wisconsin Dairy

MADISON, Wis., Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Rosy-Lane Holsteins, a Watertown dairy farm, is the winner of a national award for Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability. The award will be presented at the annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards on Monday, Oct. 12, which honors dairy farms, businesses and partnerships whose practices improve the well-being of people, animals and the planet. The Watertown farm is owned by Lloyd and Daphne Holterman and their partners Tim Strobel and Jordan Matthews and is one of three national winners in its category ...

Special Note:

Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin has a directory of Wisconsin cheese companies that offer online cheese shopping. Christmas is just around the corner...

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Ken Notes: First congrats, second at 950 milked and 1500+ head on site Rosy-Lane is a perfect candidate for a digestor. I do like their water use policy and commitment to the health of the cows...

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Central Wisconsin Environmental Station offers fall family weeks through November
AMHERST JUNCTION, Wis. (WSAW) - If you’re looking to get into the great outdoors during a weekend this fall, the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES) is holding family camps.

After all their camps were canceled this summer out of caution of COVID-19, CWES has been working hard to make the campsite a safe experience for families to enjoy this fall.

“I think families are looking for that opportunity to have social connection still and have great outdoor experiences,” Central Wisconsin Environmental Station Director Tom Quinn said...

...Information on how to sign up can be found on their website.
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Cap Times Idea Fest: Despite lack of White House support, fight against climate change continues
Fighting climate change might not be a big deal for Donald Trump`s White House, but there’s a lot of work being done on the local, state and federal levels.

“A lot of things are moving in the right direction, and I don’t think a lot of people get that,” said Gregory Nemet, a professor in UW-Madison`s La Follette School of Public Affairs whose book “How Solar Energy Became Cheap” won the 2019 World Citizen Prize in Environmental Performance.

Nemet was a panel member at the Cap Times Idea Fest session “How should Wisconsin leaders tackle climate change.” He was joined by Madeleine Para, vice president of programs at the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Elizabeth Ward, director of Wisconsin’s Sierra Club chapter, and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. The panel was moderated by Kathleen Falk, former Dane County executive, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services official, state public intervenor and environmental attorney...
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Ken Notes: I so wish we could take politics out of this. MGE and other power companies, most manufacturers, the auto industry, and construction, are all moving in the right direction because it makes financial sense. So to be honest who needs government to do what is right. Also some of the regulations put in place to protect us are now working against the utilities shutting down coal plants because of the cleanup timelines and cost. It is actually cheaper to keep them open.

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Madison wraps successful food scrap program for 2020
COVID-19 disrupted many things this year. Despite the obstacles, Madison Recycling Coordinator Bryan Johnson charged on with implementing the city’s food scrap drop-off program. Residents diverted over 7,260 pounds of food waste in this first year of the May-October program. Congratulations to the Madison program and their residents!

There’s an important reason Madison called this a food scrap program. The materials are processed at an anaerobic digester, primarily used to process manure from dairy farms. Therefore the program had very specific requirements for what items can be accepted since the digester could only process certain kinds of food scraps. Materials such as eggshells or yard waste that are acceptable in traditional outdoor commercial composting facilities could not be processed by the digester...
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Ken Notes: Nice job...

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Dairy Innovation Hub researchers to study effects of manure management regulation in WI

Two Dairy Innovation Hub researchers are launching a study to learn about how manure management regulations are implemented and enforced across Wisconsin – and they want farmers` input.

Jeremy Foltz, a professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, and Marin Skidmore, a post-doctoral research associate in the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, are looking at the different ways manure regulations at both the state and county levels are being handled, how it effects water quality and its costs to farmers. The two spoke on a recent Dairy Stream podcast episode, hosted by Mike Austin and sponsored by Edge Dairy Cooperative and Dairy Business Association...

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Ken Notes: Yea! I hope they focus on the amount of water used to dilute waste and the distance from the source it is pumped. Also the photo is not the problem, the problem is not a wagon it is a hose...

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Kraus-Anderson Construction Company







When Kraus-Anderson began the development process for its new corporate headquarters building in downtown Minneapolis, company leadership determined the guiding principle used throughout the project would be “cost-effective sustainability.” This principle has influenced all decision-making with regard to space planning for customers and employees; building components, systems, and technology; and construction means and methods.  As a result, the building is on track to achieve LEED certification for sustainability....

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Ken Notes:KA is leading by example...

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WI: Federal officials want more data on contamination, cleanup for Oscar Mayer site bus barn

Federal transit authorities are asking for more information about hazardous materials at part of the former Oscar Mayer plant that the city of Madison wants to use as a bus garage.

Oct. 4--Federal transit authorities are asking for more information about hazardous materials at part of the former Oscar Mayer plant that the city of Madison wants to use as a bus garage. 

The Federal Transit Administration, which is funding the project, says it is re-evaluating an exemption from the environmental review process amid concerns that the city downplayed the extent of contamination from a century of industrial activity, which included burning coal and manufacturing plastics and pesticides.

The city, which has approved plans to guide up to $300 million in redevelopment around the 72-acre Oscar Mayer campus, is seeking to buy the northern 15 acres of the property, including two buildings, to store buses for a proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system and relieve crowding at the East Washington garage...

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Ken Notes: Here is a perfect example of using government to promote a NIMBY reaction to what may be best use of a facility...

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Researchers want invasive aquatic critters out of Great Lakes ballast water
University of Wisconsin-Superior researchers are trying to figure out how to better regulate teeny-tiny invasive organisms that stow away on large vessels traversing the Great Lakes Basin.

A new chunk of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding — about $5 million — is going to the university’s Lake Superior Research Institute, which investigates how aquatic invasive species infiltrate ecosystems when vessels empty contaminated water from their ballast tanks...
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Ken Notes: It is crystal clear now that we are in fact a global economy and marketplace. This unfortunately means we share both the good and band from other nations. My floors are currently covered in a carpet of Asian Lady Beetles that remind me of this daily. Of course Covid, Asian carp, and the organisms in the above article are just the tip of the iceburg. A global policy to track and work together on these issues is needed but right now we are not playing well together.

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Woodside Teacher Chosen As Wisconsin Environmental Educator Of The Year

Peter Dargatz was nominated by parents, staff and community naturalists who pointed to his work creating a Forest Kindergarten.

Sussex, WI - Woodside Elementary School kindergarten teacher Peter Dargatz was awarded Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education (WAEE) 2020 Formal Educator of the Year Award. He is being honored for his outstanding, ongoing effort in infusing environmental education into his teaching.

WAEE is a statewide non-profit professional organization of environmental educators that supports environmental education through advocacy, networking and recognition. It is a member-based, professional community of individuals and organizations with diverse backgrounds that promotes responsible environmental action, elevates voices for environmental justice and celebrates excellence in environmental education.
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Washington State University receives EPA funding to support anaerobic digestion projects

WSU was selected to receive $129,727 in grant funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help develop multi-partner anaerobic digester projects in the Northwest.

The University is among 12 recipients nationally selected to receive the federal funding, which will help reduce food loss and waste and divert food waste from landfills by expanding anaerobic digester capacity throughout the United States. EPA anticipates that it will make these awards once all legal and administrative requirements are satisfied.

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Ken Notes: How about UW Madison or Stevens Point leading the charge on this topic regionally. There are several dairies already digesting that we could partner with.

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It’s time to commit to 100% clean energy
Our friends in the West are on fire. The Atlantic is raging and ripping through its neighboring states down south. Wisconsin communities across the state are coal-congested by air-polluting power plants powered by fossil fuels. And in recent years, our state has suffered from record flooding due to rapid climate change. The effects of climate change are much too real. And our energy dependence on fossil fuels continues to make matters even worse. By refusing to switch to 100% clean energy, we are refusing to put out these fires, stop these floods, and save our own people from long-lasting illness. 2020 has told us we are too late. Time is ticking and it’s only getting worse. It’s time to do what we can to prevent our home from a further hell. It’s time to commit to 100% clean energy...

A link to Companies that have committed to 100% renewable energy...


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Ken Notes: I agree, BUT be careful business fears mandates and government control. The best solution is to have the companies make the commitment... And many have, Amazon, Apple, GM, Coca-Cola, Google... See the link I added above...

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SCS - At the forefront of sustainable environmental solutions for over 40 years

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On Wisconsin: Great Lakes Now television series begins airing on PBS Wisconsin

Television audiences in Wisconsin can now tune in to the award-winning Great Lakes Now program on six more PBS channels.

Beginning Oct. 1, PBS Wisconsin will carry the series on The Wisconsin Channel broadcast on six signals: WHA-TV in Madison, WHLA-TV in La Crosse, WPNE-TV in Green Bay, WHRM-TV in Wausau, WHWC-TV in Menomonie-Eau Claire and WLEF-TV in Park Falls. Viewers in Milwaukee have enjoyed the program on WMVS-TV since January.

For schedule information, click HERE.

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Wisconsin DNR to sample hundreds of wells for PFAS in Peshtigo

Potable well owners in the Expanded Site Investigation Area with PFOA and PFOS at or above 20 ppt (parts per trillion) in their drinking water may be eligible for a temporary bottled water supply provided by the DNR or any identified responsible party.

PESHTIGO, Wis. (Press Release/WLUC) - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is conducting sampling of potable wells in an Expanded Site Investigation Area in the Town of Peshtigo due to the potential presence of groundwater contaminated with PFAS, using state funds.

On Wednesday, Sept. 30, the DNR is sending a packet of documents to potable well owners in the Town of Peshtigo regarding the DNR’s well sampling plans. The packets will arrive via the U.S. Postal Service. The packets will contain several items, including a Potable Well Survey, an Access Permission Agreement and a letter to the property owner...
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Ken Notes: Again are we searching for a problem before we have a solution in place.

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Sierra Club pans MGE rate freeze, says proposal creates future costs for ratepayers
The Sierra Club is objecting to a deal that would freeze electricity rates next year for Madison Gas and Electric customers, saying it locks in a regressive rate structure while allowing MGE to pocket $1.9 million that it owes ratepayers.

The environmental group said Thursday the existing rate structure is “among the worst of the worst nationally” because of its reliance on “fixed” monthly charges, which take away customers’ control over their energy bills.

The utility has proposed raising natural gas prices by 4.1% while holding electricity rates flat next year as part of a settlement negotiated with consumer advocates and UW-Madison. If approved by regulators, it is expected to raise the average household gas bill by about $27 a year...
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Ken Notes: The question is, who maintains the grid in the case of an event that disrupts it. You do not see solar company trucks repairing lines in the middle of a thunderstorm nor do they pay for the repair. We must close the us vs. them gap and sit down and develop a plan for the new energy production and distribution model.

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Foundry wins sustainability award
Waupaca Foundry Inc., a Hitachi Metals group company, is the winner of the 2020 Green Foundry Sustainability Award presented by the America Foundry Society (AFS).

The iron casting component supplier was honored for its leadership in integrating sustainable business practices throughout its manufacturing operations...

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Ken Notes: Congrats, I returned to college after my freshman year because my father, the sales director for WF at the time, said I could work at the foundry, but only if I worked in the plant shoveling sand and doing chip and grind. Very motivating - thanks dad!

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Radical New Building Codes Could Help Madison Achieve Environmental Dreams, But at What Cost?
New International Energy Conservation Code could help Madison achieve its dream of a green utopia, but it could make Madison’s housing crisis even worse.

Online voting results made the International Energy Conservation Code even more radical than MacIver first reported last year.

Will the State of Wisconsin Continue to Resist this Radical Agenda?

The City of Madison is green with envy after finding out it’s only the 64th greenest city in America, and some blame the state government for not getting on board.

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) gave Madison a mere 22.5 points out of 100 possible on its 2020 City Clean Energy Scorecard. The news came as a shock to a community that had just committed to a ten-year, $95 million plan to go carbon neutral.

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‘The Civil Rights Movement meets the Environmental Movement: How We Can Advocate for Environmental Justice’

Green Bay, Wis.—University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Associate Prof. Elizabeth Wheat will discuss environmental justice and its relationship to civil rights in a presentation, Thursday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public and can be accessed at https://cahsseffect.org/events/.

According to the event description, Wheat will be diving into the environmental justice movement in the United States that began in 1982 when residents of Warren County, North Carolina, used non-violent tactics to oppose the siting of a toxic PCB landfill in their mainly African American community. Decades later, Sheila Holt described her family’s health struggles after the government of Dickson, Tennessee, protected white families from polluted drinking water but told her and other Black families that the water was safe. She inspired countless of other people to think of environmental issues as human rights issues that must be addressed through confronting systemic racism...

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Ken Notes: It is too bad that Environmental Issues have been places so far back in the current election cycle...

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Dairyland Power Cooperative

Our commitment to preserving the quality of our environment is not just a program at Dairyland. It reflects a deeply held view that good environmental practices reflect sound operations and contribute to the overall economic and social health of the communities we serve.

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Polk Co. backs down on CAFO moratorium after threat of legal action

When members of the Polk County Board of Supervisors decided to take up measures regulating large-scale hog farms and extending a moratorium on them, it didn`t take long for the part-time elected officials to hear from industry big guns. 

One day before the board was set to vote on the measures, representatives from the Venture Dairy Cooperative, Wisconsin Dairy Alliance and the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce sent supervisors a letter warning the supervisors they could be committing a felony if they moved forward with regulating concentrated animal feeding operations...

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Ken Notes: Attention Polk County, try a "Yes If You Digest" policy. Establish a set of rules for waste management that require digestion and effluent heated to 165 for farms with more that 1,000 head. One of two thing will happen, farms choose not to build in Polk County or you get exponentially cleaner farms and usable safe waste...

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There’s No Oil in Wisconsin. The Fracking Bust Hit It Anyway.

Mines that sent trainloads of ‘Northern White’ sand to West Texas sit idle, costing jobs and hurting local-government coffers


TREMPEALEAU COUNTY, Wis.—For years, Mary Drangstveit could feel the shale boom reverberating in her kitchen. This spring, oil prices crashed and the rattling ceased.

It brought relief for her and distress for some others in her community.

Digging stopped at the sand mine next door in Blair, Wis., which had rumbled since 2015 to supply drillers...



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Ken Notes: Entire article is behind a paywall, so I`ll give you my version. Imported gas and oil is now cheap so fracking has slowed way down. We provide the best sand but local Texas sand is cheaper so what exists in the fracking market is not using Wisconsin sand. BUT if the prices again climb (and they will) Wisconsin will be back in business. So if sand mining is on your environmental concerns list you may still want to take action or go on record with you local officials now. Do not wait until there is money to fight back....

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Judge denies key permit for Monroe County sand project; Meteor Timber sought to fill rare wetlands

Meteor Timber sought to fill about 13 acres of a rare white pine-red maple swamp in western Wisconsin. Above, springs and seepages provide important habitats used by rare plants and animals in a hardwood swamp in the Black River State Forest in Jackson County.

A judge has declined to reinstate a key permit for a Georgia company seeking to build a controversial frac sand operation in Monroe County.

Monroe County Circuit Judge Todd Ziegler ruled Monday that the state Department of Natural Resources violated the law when it granted Meteor Timber a permit to fill 16.25 acres of wetlands for the $75 million project.

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Ken Notes: The only sure way to protect these lands is to get them into a land conservancy!

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Energy efficiency: Budget proposal seeks $100M for untapped energy savings
Wisconsin’s top utility regulator has proposed doubling the amount of ratepayer funding for the state’s energy efficiency program, Focus on Energy, a move that could save up to 50% more energy, avoid expensive utility investments and support job growth while moving the state toward Gov. Tony Evers’ carbon reduction goals.

The proposal, included in the Public Service Commission’s budget request to the governor, would put about $100 million a year more into the program, which analysts say is one of the most cost-efficient ways of lowering energy bills and slowing climate change — but has not achieved its full potential...
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Ken Notes: Focus has been one of the most cost effective programs out there...

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Climate group says Wisconsin’s risk of wildfires may be growing
Scenes of forests charred by unprecedented wildfires, skies filled with red-black and orange hues and widespread displacement are still appearing in headlines even after a month of fires raging along the west coast. They have produced eerie glimpses of the future climate change is driving us towards. In Wisconsin, the wildfire seasons appear to come and go without much issue. Climate change awareness groups, however, fear the danger is more present than some realize.

For the Badger State, issues with larger fires can be rooted in increasing droughts caused by climate change. ..
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Ken Notes: I did mention this, but I believe we do manage our forests well and have fire lanes, under brush and other things under control.

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Hy-Vee joins Consortium to Reinvent the Retail Bag

Coalition of major retailers tackles global waste problem of plastic shopping bags

Hy-Vee has teamed up with fellow food and drug retailers to help reduce plastic waste by joining the Consortium to Reinvent the Retail Bag as a supporting partner.

The coalition, launched over the summer, was founded to test options to the single-use plastic shopping bag now used by mass retailers nationwide. CVS Health, Target and Walmart are the consortium’s founding partners, while The Kroger Co. serves as the group’s grocery sector lead partner. Walgreens participates as a supporting partner, and investment firm Closed Loop Partners serves as managing partner. Dick’s Sporting Goods takes part as sports and outdoor retailer sector lead partner...
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Ken Notes: I love the idea of a partnership working on this rather than mandates...

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Judge: Groups didn`t prove Line 3 construction could damage wetlands, streams
An administrative law judge said opponents of Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 oil pipeline did not prove construction of the project would harm wetlands and streams.

In a non-binding recommendation issued Friday, Judge James LaFave said the coalition of environmental and tribal groups failed to meet the burden of proof in a contested-case hearing on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s water permits over the summer and urged the MPCA commissioner to make the same finding when considering the 340-mile pipeline’s 401 certification, a permit awarded by a state`s regulators if the project`s impact on water falls within the state`s standard. The MPCA’s decision is due Nov. 14...
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Ken Notes: I did suggest court is not the best place to settle these issues.

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Wisconsin affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council


WGBA has combined forces with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and together we will pilot a new model for USGBC chapters and local market engagement...

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Trump`s EPA Touts Revisions To Lead Regulations, With Final Rule Just Weeks Away

proposed overhaul of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency`s lead and copper rule could become finalized within weeks, although critics say it doesn`t go far enough to keep lead out of drinking water. 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler touted the proposed changes, and the Trump administration`s record on the environment, in Michigan on Wednesday. The EPA administrator was there in part to announce $95 million to help with upgrades to the state`s water infrastructure, which became a focal point for the nation`s lead issues following the Flint water crisis in 2014...

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Minnesota Supreme Court weighs whether new natural gas plant in Wisconsin needs further review

Minnesota Power wants to proceed with its plans without further environmental studies.

DULUTH – The Minnesota Supreme Court will decide if state regulators must pursue a lengthy environmental review for a natural gas plant proposed in Wisconsin following arguments before the court Tuesday.

Duluth-based Minnesota Power intends to build the $700 million plant in Superior with Wisconsin’s Dairyland Power Cooperative, which will split the cost and power generated. Wisconsin and Minnesota regulators have approved the plans, but in December the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled further environmental review is needed...
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Ken Notes: If we look at what is happening on the national scale, we should realize that the courts are not the best place to resolve these issues. We need a bipartisan energy policy especially now that we know renewable energy is cost effective.

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EPA Proposes Revised Cleanup Plan for Wisconsin Landfill and Recycling Site
The Lemberger Landfill and the Lemberger Transport & Recycling Superfund site in Whitelaw, Wisconsin has undergone five cleanup reviews since 1995.

The EPA proposed the modification of groundwater and waste cleanup at the Lemberger Landfill and Lemberger Transport & Recycling Superfund sites in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin on October 14.

The agency wants to switch the groundwater cleanup for both sites from extracting and treating contaminated groundwater to a process called “monitored natural attenuation.” It is also proposed that the cleanup for waste materials be changed from “no further action” to requiring controls to be put in place to prevent future risk....

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Environmental action, laws may face new hurdles on high court

A conservative supermajority on the Supreme Court could deal a crippling blow to environmental laws on the books, water down climate regulations tied up in court and make it harder to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., according to environmental law scholars and advocates.

A 6-3 conservative majority may also dissuade an administration under the leadership of Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate for president, from pursuing aggressive climate rules, experts said.

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Ken Notes: This is just one more reason that we take a bipartisan approach to environmental issues.

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Environmental groups call for PFAS testing in drinking water
RHINELANDER, WI (WSAU-WXPR) – A group of 34 environmental and public health organizations is calling for the state to require public drinking water systems to test for PFAS.

PFAS are so-called “forever chemicals” linked to health risks, including cancer.

High levels of PFAS contamination were found in two Rhinelander wells last year, as well as in other water systems statewide. But there’s no mandate to test for them....
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Ken Notes: I love and support many of these groups, but one more time - We need to focus on a treatment solution for PFAS that is cost effective....

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Miron Construction

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Miron specializes in providing innovative pre-construction, construction management, design-build, general construction and industrial services.

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Baraboo resident fights wildfire in Colorado, uses experience to help promote `good fire` at home
While Baraboo resident Caleb Klima was fighting a wildfire in Colorado last month, he knew his work would not only help residents there but also would help him build upon his skills for managing “good fires” in Wisconsin.

A land manager for the Nature Conservancy, he oversees about 10,000 acres in the Baraboo Hills west of Devil’s Lake State Park. The oak woodlands and prairies are fire-dependent systems, so the environmental organization uses “good fires to stop the bad fire,” he said...
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Ken Notes: Like I said we do a good job here.

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Environmental, health groups call for mandatory PFAS testing in water systems
Nearly three dozen public health and environmental organizations are calling on state officials to require thousands of public water systems in Wisconsin to test for hazardous chemicals known as PFAS.

“The people of Wisconsin have a right to know if their drinking water is contaminated with toxic chemicals, and the only way to obtain that information is through widespread, comprehensive testing,” the groups wrote in a letter to the Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR is in the early stages of developing standards to limit the amount of PFAS allowed in surface, ground and drinking water, a process that is expected to take another two years and will require approval of the Legislature...
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Ken Notes: Careful here we still do not know how to cost effectively treat for PFAS. We need a comprehensive policy not mandates for testing without treatment options. Also does anyone know if PFAS is showing up in the bottled water on or shelves, much if this is simply filtered community water...

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Minnesota Supreme Court weighs whether new natural gas plant in Wisconsin needs further review

Minnesota Power wants to proceed with its plans without further environmental studies.

DULUTH – The Minnesota Supreme Court will decide if state regulators must pursue a lengthy environmental review for a natural gas plant proposed in Wisconsin following arguments before the court Tuesday.

Duluth-based Minnesota Power intends to build the $700 million plant in Superior with Wisconsin’s Dairyland Power Cooperative, which will split the cost and power generated. Wisconsin and Minnesota regulators have approved the plans, but in December the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled further environmental review is needed...

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Ken Notes: I am confused, a Wisconsin Plant yet Minnesota court???

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Freshwater mussels are dying off in mass numbers, and WI researchers need your help

Researchers in La Crosse and around the state are asking the public to help them spot dying freshwater mussels in local waterways, looking for more clues why the animal has been dying off in mass numbers in recent years.

The phenomenon has been happening for a number of years, people calling from all over the continent to report cases. More than 70% of freshwater mussels are threatened, endangered or vulnerable.

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Ivanka Trump backlash: White House adviser criticized for environmental support tweet amidst father`s anti-environment agenda
Environmental conservation and protection is one of the biggest challenges that people face today aside from climate change as a prevalent issue. However, Ivanka Trump’s sudden support for conserving trees was criticized, with her support being questioned amidst her father’s anti-environment agenda.

Donald Trump recently signed an executive order that would establish the One Trillion Trees Interagency Council. The council would be the United States’ contribution to protecting and restoring the environment. Ivanka then tweeted her support of the order....
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Ken Notes: Rather than shoot the messengers, lets get the One Trillion Trees Interagency Council on the record and push for real action. we fail to use commitments made during campaigns to drive policy we support. When will we learn that to impact policy you need to be invited to the table... It is soo much easier to point fingers... Policy takes work...

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Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council

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The WI Sustainable Business Council is a network of Wisconsin businesses and organizations that are interested in, or actively responding to, the challenge of sustainability.

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Wisconsin Chemical Company Fined by EPA for Air Pollution
A Wisconsin chemical manufacturer agreed Thursday to pay a $480,503 civil penalty to resolve allegations it failed to monitor and capture hazardous air emissions.

The Environmental Protection Agency alleged Cottage Grove, Wis.,-based Hydrite Chemical Co., violated the Clean Air Act by improperly emitting more than 4,166 pounds per month of hazardous pollutants....
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Ken`s Pick - Electric Automotive Stories

 Spread of Electric Cars Sparks Fights for Control Over Charging

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State Launch of Wisconsin’s Clean Energy Toolkit
Communities across Wisconsin are looking to develop clean energy plans to do their part against global warming, and La Crosse is getting in on the action as well.

The Wisconsin Clean Energy Toolkit will launch statewide today, with La Crosse, Madison, Eau Claire, Green Bay, and Milwaukee all participating. The Toolkit is a comprehensive guide to energy policy options in the state, and is designed to help communities of any size achieve their goal of going green.



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Ken Notes: I will keep this link for awhile...

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  • Building and Design

    • Work with developers, architects, communities, and business to ensure the highest and most cost effective Green building practices are used in new development.
    • Expedite projects who guarantee the best environmental practices and make sure the systems are in place to ensure this. Trust but Verify.
    • Avoid costly mandates and restrictions that will move businesses to other states or regions.
  • Mining

    • Explore the restoration of the sulfide mining moratorium or...
    • Work with counties to create and enforce new mining regulations, restrictions and enforcement.
    • Delay approval of any new mines until counties have their regulation policies in place.
    • Restore DNR environmental staff and expertise to levels that can review any requests in a timely manner.
    • Require a site reclamation fund be established from the onset of any approved project with a plan in place for complete site reclamation.
    • Allow municipalities to enact special utilities in lieu of or in addition to regular taxes for issues like impact on roads, utilities, infrastructure, and public safety.
  • Renewable Energy and Fuels

    • Work with the utilities, business and communities to encourage the use of renewables, reduced carbon output, and better reporting and measurement.
    • Establish a PSC willing to work with business and power companies while progressing to a lower carbon renewable future.
    • Do not impose legislative mandates on renewables but rather incentivize use of new technologies while maintaining an open dialogue among all parties involved.
  • Our Watersheds and the Great Lakes

    • Become a strong partner in Great Lakes–St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact.
    • If water is removed from the watershed, require that it be returned cleaner that it was taken. Again make sure DNR has the resources to monitor and ensure this policy.
  • Land Use and Transmission / Pipe Lines

    • Require the need and or profit for new systems to Wisconsin citizens. If a system like tar sand or electricity is for other states or regions, require that the land uses benefits all citizens in our state in lower utility costs, additions public facilities and reduced air and water pollution.
    • Require that any new system create an environmental offset equal to or greater than the land they take. This can be done in two ways: One additional Parks, Public Lands, Trails, Access to Waterways, Etc. OR Two reduced carbon emissions through the elimination or older less efficient production facilities or the conversion to renewable or exponentially lower emission fuels.
  • CAFO`s and Agricultural Issues

    • Address and regulate CAFO`s like the "cities" that they are.
    • Develop regulations and controls to address the scale of effluent that these facilities produce.
    • Consider using CAFO`s as a model for new waste treatment like digestion and pasteurization.
    • Preserve the small farm in Wisconsin by encouraging sound environmental practices in a cost effective way.
    • Work with all farms, businesses, and communities to improve watersheds, runoff and source point pollution focusing on results rather that penalties or mandates.
  • Transit and Mass Transit

    • Improve our transit and shipping corridors like rail and interstate access to encourage Wisconsin to become an efficient  distribution hub for the Midwest.
    • Encourage communities to adopt new and more efficient mass transit systems.
    • Encourage the use of more efficient buses, trucks and vehicles in the state.
  • ECO Tourism

    • Explore ECO Tourism as an option to preserve our vast agricultural heritage and natural waterways and woodlands.
    • Allow ECO TIF financing to pair tourism development with land and watershed preservation.
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Ken Notes: Just a few ideas, please feel free to pick and choose then share with those on both sides of the isle that will be making decisions.

We now have an opportunity to grab the pendulum in the middle and make a real long term difference in how we manage our resources and what kind of Wisconsin we leave to our grandchildren!

These are personal viewpoints shaped by your feedback. They are not the positions of my sponsors or partners.

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AgSTAR’s New Digester Project Development Handbook
Hot off the “press,” AgSTAR’s updated handbook is a comprehensive compilation of the latest knowledge in the industry on best practices for anaerobic digestion and biogas systems.

For 26 years, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) AgSTAR Program has been helping farmers and communities across the United States develop and implement anaerobic digestion (AD) biogas systems. These systems are critical to reduce methane emissions from manure management operations, while also providing other environmental and economic benefits. As a trusted partnership program, AgSTAR helps educate the public on best practices for designing, implementing and maintaining digester projects and brings together leading experts to discuss opportunities and challenges for advancing the biogas industry.

AgSTAR’s newest resource, the Anaerobic Digester Project Development Handbook, is a comprehensive compilation of the latest knowledge in the industry on best practices for AD/ biogas systems. The goal of the Handbook is to ensure long-term project success for AD biogas systems by providing background and a framework for AD project development.
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Ken Notes:I would love to see Wisconsin become the leader in this technology! Every farmer and elected official in the state should download this.

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Our resource guide at the bottom of this publication will continue to grow, and you may add links, suggest articles, include your press releases, or comment by eMailing Me. As always thanks for reading, and if you would like to sponsor or get involved call 608.334.2174...   ...more

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