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National environmental firm to represent Wisconsin tribe in mine suit

The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin on Monday formally challenged plans for a huge mine just over the state line in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in a case the tribal chairman said has national significance.

A leading national environmental law firm representing the Keshena-based tribe filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the federal government.

The tribe says it has been deprived of treaty rights that are supposed to protect its cultural and historical sites because the federal government has delegated to the state of Michigan too much authority for permitting mines like the one proposed amid tribal burial mounds along the Menominee River....

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Ken Notes: After dealing with these issues for 20+ years I promise the lawyers are the only real winners every time in every case...

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MGE Names Contractors For 1.4 MW Madison College Solar Project

Wisconsin-based utility Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) has selected the contractors for a planned 1.4 MW solar photovoltaic system for Madison Area Technical College (MATC). The previously announced project is a partnership between MGE and MATC, with the utility providing a grant of up to $500,000 for the system and the college covering an additional $1.8 million.

According to a press release, MGE has chosen Pewaukee, Wis.-based Sunvest Solar Inc. to design and manufacture the large PV system, and Pieper Power of New Berlin will install the system on the roof of the college’s Truax Campus. The release notes Sunvest also designed and built photovoltaic systems for Lawrence University, Concordia University and Wisconsin Lutheran College...

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Dane County leads switch to selling gas made by manure and garbage

Dane County plans to stop making electricity with natural gas extracted from heaps of garbage and manure so that it can sell the gas through an interstate pipeline for use as environmentally-friendly automobile fuel. 

The $23.5 million project at the county landfill would be the first of its kind in the state.

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Ken Notes: Madison and Dane County should consider CNG fuel for it`s plan to explore Bus Rapid Transit. The Tech is out there, MGE is a fan of CNG, it is cleaner and it is a bridge to electric or hydrogen.

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DNR Secretary: Agency Will Strike Balance Between Industry And Environment

Secretary Dan Meyer Makes Remarks At Northern Economic Summit


The new head of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said he wants the agency to work more with industry when it comes to environmental regulation. He made the comments on Thursday at Gov. Scott Walker’s Northern Economic Summit.

Wisconsin DNR Secretary Dan Meyer has been on the job one month since former Secretary Cathy Stepp resigned for a position in the Trump administration. Meyer said the DNR will work to strike a balance between job creation and the environment.

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Ken Notes: Lets hope, I wonder if he has been reading...

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St. Louis sets 100 percent renewable energy goal; now at 5

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis aldermen have approved a measure committing the city to transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2035.

The measure approved Friday calls for the city to develop a plan by December 2018 to meet the clean energy goal by working with residents, businesses, faith-based organizations, low-income advocates and others. St. Louis now gets 5 percent of its energy from clean, renewable sources, the Sierra Club said.

The Sierra Club said St. Louis joins 46 other cities across the U.S. committing to 100 percent clean energy, and is among the largest to do so. In the Midwest, Madison, Wisconsin, has made the same commitment. Four counties and the state of Hawaii have also made clean energy commitments.

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State Assembly Passes Controversial Mining Bill

Although Democrats rallied against the bill designed to lift the nearly-20 year restrictions on sulfide mining, the Republican-dominated State Assembly prevailed with a 53-38 vote. Bill sponsor Rep. Rob Hutton of Brookfield folded in amendments that include halting mining if it is legally challenged; another to help ensure mining companies pay taxes...

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Recycle More Wisconsin celebrates America Recycles Day around the state

Recycle More Wisconsin (RMW), a program of the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW), is offering organizations, businesses, municipalities and residents opportunities to celebrate and promote America Recycles Day by taking part in state and nationwide campaigns. Starting Nov. 2, communities around the state will be participating in an organized online campaign to educate residents about the dos and don’ts of recycling.

“America Recycles Day, celebrated on Nov. 15, provides the opportunity to remind residents about the economic and environmental benefits of recycling including conservation of natural resources, tax relief and job growth.” said AROW President Meleesa Johnson. “Wisconsinites make efforts every day to recycle more and recycle right, and we appreciate that. This campaign allows everyone in the state to get involved and share a consistent message about recycling.”...

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What midsize firms can learn from Organic Valley`s community solar deal

In the scheme of things, the power purchase agreement disclosed last month by dairy cooperative Organic Valley isn`t very big — slightly less than 13 megawatts of solar in phase one of the project. That`s exactly why it’s a noteworthy sign of progress for the corporate clean power procurement movement.

Under the deal announced in late October, the organization has entered into what it describes as a "first-of-its-kind" community solar partnership in collaboration with the Upper Midwest Municipal Energy Group (UMMEG), a joint action agency representing 15 electricity providers from Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.

"These towns wanted to increase their mix, as did we," said George Siemon, CEO of Organic Valley, in a conversation with GreenBiz. "It`s pretty neat to have this collective make this pledge. We`ve had to learn how to get outside the normal route of procurement to get this done."

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Greasing oil’s path

As environmental concerns halted pipelines elsewhere, Wisconsin government leaders quietly made it easier to condemn private property for a potential Canadian oil line expansion

Superior – Jeremy Engelking was on his way back from a deer hunt in 2009 when he tried to stop a construction crew from completing a 1,000-mile oil pipeline running from western Canada to an oil distribution center in his hometown on the shore of Lake Superior....

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Ken Notes: I can`t even comment. you just have to read this story...

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Record attendance leads to changes at Devil`s Lake State Park

Devil’s Lake State Park is on pace to set record attendance totals this year.

Visitation to Wisconsin’s most popular state park has increased by nearly 50 percent since 2010, going from 1.7 million annual visitors at the time to 2.6 million in 2016, according to estimates from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Steve Schmelzer, the park’s superintendent, said he expects the ascent to continue in 2017.

“We’re right in the neighborhood of 2.8 million (visitors) right now,” Schmelzer said. “Last year through October it was 2.6 million visitors, so we’re a couple hundred thousand visitors up.”

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Ken Notes: ECONOMIC IMPACT. Tourism is money, green spendable wonderful money. It comes from other areas and stays in Wisconsin. It creates jobs, funds good land management, and shows Wisconsin in it`s very best light. We need more parks, public private partnerships, year round tourism. It is good for us trust me... trust get it???

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US report contradicts Trump team: Global warming mostly human-made

A massive U.S. report concludes the evidence of global warming is stronger than ever, contradicting a favorite talking point of top Trump administration officials, who downplay humans’ role in climate change.

The report released Friday is one of two scientific assessments required every four years.

A draft showing how warming affects the U.S. was also published.

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Ken Notes: But the current administration does not accept this science...

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Thirty ways to help the river...

A group of 30 St. Croix Valley residents gathered at Camp St. Croix in Hudson Oct. 26 with one thing in common: love of the water.

These 30 individuals were certified as St. Croix Master Watershed Stewards. Each had completed a capstone project (some in pairs, with a total of 25 projects) which were summarized and presented at the Oct. 26 event. Projects were as diverse as the St. Croix River ecosystem itself, and were implemented across the furthest reaches of the St. Croix, from the headwaters near Solon Springs to the Mississippi confluence at Prescott....

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Ken Notes: Thank you! x 30...

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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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Editorial: Sensitive Wisconsin environmental areas at risk in wetlands legislation

For more than a century, Wisconsin has been at the heart of a long debate between builders who want to develop the land and conservationists who want to preserve it. Out of those lively discussions has come a rough balance of interests and an understanding that the state needs development to continue to grow economically but also needs to honor and protect its unique environmental heritage — the rivers, streams and lakes that make Wisconsin an outdoor treasure.

Unfortunately, a bill now moving through the state Assembly fails to do that.

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Meijer Earns U.S. Environmental Protection Agency`s 2017 SmartWay Excellence Award

Grand Rapids, MI /PRNewswire/ - Meijer is pleased to announce that it earned a 2017 SmartWay®Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its outstanding environmental performance and leadership.

The award recognizes the top-performing SmartWay retail and manufacturing shipping partners that demonstrate how businesses can mitigate their carbon footprints and contribute to cleaner, healthier air, while saving on fuel costs as they move goods across the country.

"Meijer is proud to receive the prestigious recognition by SmartWay. Our distribution and logistics teams continue to make significant progress to lower emissions and reduce our carbon footprint in the markets we serve," said Tom McCall, Vice President of Logistics for Meijer. "We constantly focus on improving the efficiency of our fleet to reduce idle time, emissions, and impact on our neighbors, particularly in urban settings."...

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Ken Notes: My wife (from MI) introduced me to this store and they out Walmart Walmart... I still like sealer store but if you have to go big, Meijer coming to a city near you soon...

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Stripping wetland protections to have consequences, intended or not

Construction work has filled Wisconsin wetlands at a quickened pace since 2012 when a law was enacted that loosened regulations while requiring builders to minimize the damage they do, data reviewed by the Wisconsin State Journal show.

Over the same five years, demand for state permits allowing wetland elimination accelerated even more rapidly.

Now, two leaders of the Republican-controlled state Legislature are trying to repeal the law’s provisions that force builders to adapt site plans to reduce or avoid damage to the watery resources that prevent floods, purify ground water and nurture wildlife.

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Editorial: What happened to bipartisan environmental protection?

Wisconsin has a rich heritage of conservation. From the Native American Tribes who inhabited this land for generations, to John Muir, Aldo Leopold, Warren Knowles and Gaylord Nelson ? Wisconsin has been a national leader in protecting our land, water and air. The public trust doctrine, enshrined in our state constitution, guarantees that the waters of Wisconsin belong to the people of Wisconsin.

There was a time when this was a shared ethic among Democrats and Republicans. Our greatest environmental achievements have always been accomplished together, working toward the goal of making a better Wisconsin for our children and grandchildren...   ...more

Ken Notes: If I say he is right my conservative friends will accuse me of "siding" with a Dem and my liberal friends will suggest that dems are the party of working together. Both would be wrong.
I do like this article because he points out that we used to work together in support of the people of Wisconsin. We do not do that any longer, this is not about jobs vs. environment... this is not about liberal vs. conservative values... This IS about money... On BOTH sides...

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Industry advocates laud Legislature`s repeal of mining moratorium

Industry is celebrating the Legislature’s repeal of a decades-old mining moratorium on sulfide mining, while environmental groups fear the move will mean contamination of Wisconsin’s water resources.

The moratorium required companies that wanted to mine sulfide ores such as copper and gold to prove other mines operated and were closed for 10 years without causing pollution. Lucas Vebber with Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce said the Legislature is opening the door to a billion dollar industry.

"We are hopeful that we’ll get a good look from some of these companies who are bringing that investment right now to our neighboring states," Vebber said....

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Ken Notes: I am still not a fan. Using sulfides to extract minerals leaves a mess period. If we do see mines we need in place plans for disposal of chemicals and tailings, future site reclamation, a tax structure to deal with the impact on roads and infrastructure, an emergency response plan for dealing with site contamination, and a plan to keep some ot the profits in Wisconsin. NONE of these are in place now...

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OPINION: Wetlands legislation is good for Wisconsin

Wetlands come in all shapes and sizes. From a regulatory standpoint, there are two broad categories, either “federal” wetlands or “non-federal” wetlands.

A federal wetland is one that is subject to the federal Clean Water Act. Traditionally these are wetlands connected to, or nearby, navigable waters, and make up 80% to 90% of Wisconsin’s total wetlands. A non-federal wetland is one that is not connected to navigable water, and not regulated under federal law....

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Wisconsin Assembly to Vote on Lifting Mining Ban

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly is set to take up a Republican bill next week that would lift Wisconsin`s nearly 20-year ban on gold, silver and nickel mining.

Wisconsin lawmakers passed a bill in 1998 that requires sulfide mining applicants to prove a sulfide mine has operated in North American for 10 years without causing pollution and a similar mine has been closed for 10 years without causing pollution. Gov. Scott Walker voted for the measure as a member of the Assembly.

The bill`s chief sponsors, Rep. Rob Hutton and Sen. Tom Tiffany, say the measure will help jump-start northern Wisconsin`s economy.

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Editorial: Scott Walker threatens family farms and the environment

Scott Walker, who represented suburban Milwaukee in the Legislature and served as Milwaukee County executive before becoming governor, has never been accused of showing undue interest in rural Wisconsin.

Walker gets far more excited about jetting off to New York, or Florida, or Texas, or Arizona, or California to beg for campaign donations than he does about visiting New Holstein, or Florence, or Texas (the one in northern Marathon County), or Argyle, or Calumet. And his policies show it....

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Government rollbacks aside, renewable energy here to stay

Whether it’s the Trump administration order to scrap the federal Clean Power Plan or legislation to jettison renewable energy goals for Wisconsin state agencies, it seems like a grim time for advocates of wind, solar and other clean energy technologies.

Less grim is this reality: The energy marketplace has already embraced renewables as part of a balanced portfolio.

Despite President Trump’s oft-repeated affinity for coal and a recent spike in U.S. production, energy experts don’t expect a long-term surge in coal production for power plants....

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Ken Notes: Yep... I do not understand why our executive branch and legislature are not embracing this trend, claiming the jobs, and calling on the UW and other for environmental leadership. They can pretend it is their idea since it is going to happen anyway! P.S. when they do figure it out please remember this post...

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Wisconsin Clean Cities Announces NGV Roundtable

Registration is now open for the Natural Gas for Transportation Roundtable presented by Wisconsin Clean Cities in partnership with equipment manufacturer CMD CNG Energy Solutions.

“Many transportation leaders understand the environmental benefits of natural gas as a vehicle fuel, but fear the vehicles can’t meet performance or budgetary expectations,” says Wisconsin Clean Cities Executive Director Lorrie Lisek. “That’s why events such as these are so important. Participants can learn from their peers in the industry how natural gas can improve efficiency, save money and provide exceptional performance.”...

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After years of violations, Wisconsin industrial barrel plant addresses mercury in water

Mercury has been detected in wastewater coming from an industrial barrel refurbishing plant in St. Francis for at least  four years — and more than a dozen times levels exceeded legally permitted limits.

Since at least January 2013, records show the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District has repeatedly issued warning letters to the company that runs the Mid-America Steel Drum plant, asking it to solve its mercury discharge problem.

But the district issued no fines and took no action against the company`s permit and the violations continued, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation has found.

Mercury, a heavy metal, is a closely monitored environmental toxin that in high enough concentrations can attack the nervous system of humans and wildlife...

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Back 40 Mine Could Bring Economic Stimulus and Environmental Sacrifice

The Back 40 Mine is a potential metallic sulfide mining site proposed by the private Canadian company, Aquila Resources. Located on the border of Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, it must be approved by both states regulations to start operations.

Currently, it has attained three out of the four permits necessary.

While claiming to stimulate the economy, sulfide mining has proven to be environmentally damaging...

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Murky waters: Foxconn deal brings economic opportunity, environmental concerns

The rolling farmlands of Mount Pleasant create a scenic landscape on the Milwaukee to Chicago commute. But this view will transform into the site of a manufacturing powerhouse by 2020 if construction of the Foxconn Technology Group’s $10 billion complex goes as planned.

Home to less than 27,000 people, Mount Pleasant will become home to a 20 million square foot manufacturing complex, or roughly 11 Lambeau Fields...

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PRESS RELEASE: Their Trick is No Treat for Wisconsin’s Natural Resources
On Halloween, it can be difficult to discern who is friendly and who isn’t.

Two newly formed front groups masquerading as environmental advocacy organizations are trying to trick people into supporting big money polluters, like the sulfide mining industry and corporate factory farms. Unfortunately, there’s no treat, only polluted drinking water, rivers, and lakes.

The Wisconsin Water Alliance and the Natural Resources Development Association appear to be front groups with ties to powerful business, agriculture, and manufacturing interests...

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Molybdenum in Wisconsin wells not from coal ash
Natural causes, not leaching coal ash, are to blame for high levels of molybdenum in drinking water wells in southeastern Wisconsin, a study finds. The scientists used isotopic fingerprinting and age-dating techniques to rule out the possibility that surface coal-ash contamination could be causing the problem and traced it to natural processes occurring deep underground instead.    ...more

Ken Notes: We are doing this backwards, we should look at coal ash and see if it is harming the environment in any way...

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The GOP needs to embrace environmental issues and free-market solutions
  • Environmentalism has been dominated by negativity and partisan bickering.
  • That pushed the political right to dispute science and disregard many environmental problems.
  • The tone has to change. It`s time for the GOP to embrace environmental issues and their free-market solutions.

    For far too long, environmentalism has been dominated by negativity, partisan politics, bickering, and divisive policies. It has been driven through fear by money-seeking and politically-driven individuals and groups. As a result, modern-day environmentalism has unfortunately pushed the political right to dispute science and disregard many environmental problems. The environment, however, should (and can) be the issue that brings Americans together during our current political divide.

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Ken Notes: Yep...

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Advocacy groups: EPA not doing enough to protect Lake Erie
Environmental advocates who sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency because they believe not enough is being done to address the toxic algae problem in Lake Erie said they think the agency`s response to the suit only bolsters their argument.

The groups want the EPA to declare that the western end of the lake is impaired by the algae that`s a threat to drinking water and fish. Such a designation could lead to stricter pollution controls.

The federal agency last spring sided with Ohio`s environmental regulators who recommended not listing the lake`s open waters as impaired under the federal Clean Water Act...

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Ken Notes: We have to restore balance, we went from great lakes that you could walk across to some of the best sports fishing in the world. We don not want to go back but we also do not want to be asked to leave the playing field. We can not ask businesses be stopped, we need to suggest ways to make it clean and sustainable.

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EDP Renewables, Dairlyland Power Commission Wisconsin Wind Farm

EDP Renewables and Dairyland Power Cooperative announced the completion of the Quilt Block Wind Farm Lafayette County, Wisconsin.

EDPR will own and operate the $167 million, 98-MW facility, and Dairyland holds the power purchase agreement.

“EDP Renewables is proud to expand its operational presence into the Badger State and bring a number of environmental and economic benefits to Wisconsin and surrounding states through its Quilt Block Wind Farm,” said Steve Irvin, executive vice president – Central and Western Regions and Mexico...

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DNR honors Brennan for environmental work

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has recognized a La Crosse company for its environmental stewardship.

Brennan received a DNR Secretary’s Director Award Thursday for its remediation and habitat restoration work as well as its handling of barge traffic on the Mississippi River.

Dan Baumann, the DNR’s director for western Wisconsin, said Brennan was nominated by a former member of the agency’s regulatory staff, which “raises it to another level.”../

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Walker proposal to alter large farm regulation alarms environmentalists

After a proposal to study moving more regulatory authority of large farms from the Department of Natural Resources to the agriculture department was removed from his budget, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is again proposing to make the change.

Walker included the proposal in his rural agenda, which he released Thursday at the Governor’s Northern Economic and Community Development Summit.

In a list of bulleted items that address issues that include education, broadband access and rural healthcare, a press release from Walker’s office stated, “We will work with the legislature and the EPA to transfer regulatory authority over large farms from the DNR to DATCP to encourage the best use of technical expertise and create program efficiencies.”

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Dairy farmers association calls court settlement with DNR a victory

Wisconsin farm owners are calling a settlement with the DNR a legal victory over the state agency that tried to overreach its regulative authority.

But environmental advocates say it’s a disappointment that the case didn’t end up in court — bringing out in public the risk that large farms pose to clean drinking water.

The Dairy Business Association (DBA) filed a lawsuit in July against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), claiming it illegally changed the rules last March on farmers’ rainwater management....

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Ken Notes: It is too bad that we can not all sit down and work out real ideas for farm water, manure, and chemical management...

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$2 Million in Cash Grants from WI`s Focus On Energy Announced for Commercial Solar
Applications for the ~$2 million in solar grants available from Focus On Energy (FOE) are due Oct.13, 2017.

FOE`s new solar funding can greatly improve project financials, and may be combined with the existing 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and accelerated depreciation tax benefits.

Cumulatively, these incentives can now cover upwards of 60% of a solar project`s costs.

Commercial solar electric systems installed in 2017 or 2018 are eligible for these cash grants through a competitive bidding process.

As full grant parameters are complex, SunPeak is offering free grant writing and submission services for committed customers.

Commitments must be secured by Sept. 22, 2017 to ensure adequate time for grant compilation.
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Cathy Stepp, this region’s unlikely No. 2 administrator at the EPA, dislikes regulations — and transparency

Donald Trump’s surprise factory pumped out a local mystery in August when the White House appointed Cathy Stepp to a top position at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 7 headquarters in Lenexa. Stepp is well known in Wisconsin, where she has taken sharp stances against environmental regulation. But what’s she doing here?

Over the summer, the Trump administration said Stepp’s title would be acting director, and that she would help carry out the EPA’s agenda in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. And when the White House appointed a top regional administrator, Stepp would become that person’s second-in-command. This came to pass in early October, when the White House appointed Jim Gulliford, a former EPA chief during President George W. Bush’s term. Gulliford has spent more than three decades working in the environmental field. Stepp has no similar qualifications on her résumé, and it’s unclear why she has been summoned to the agency as a political appointee to a job that did not previously exist — at a time when Scott Pruitt, Trump’s EPA secretary, is asking for an unprecedented 31 percent reduction of his annual budget.

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At least two arrested in pipeline protest in Superior

At least two people were arrested Wednesday morning in a protest at an Enbridge pipeline construction site in Superior.

According to Superior police and video posted on social media, at least two protesters locked themselves inside a length of pipeline sitting above-ground at the site on the 500 block of North 58th Street. Police were called to the site at about 6:30 a.m., Assistant Police Chief Matt Markon said:..(

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Minnesota governor now supports PolyMet copper-nickel mine
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he`s moved from being "genuinely undecided" on the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine to being a genuine supporter of the project.

PolyMet has many backers because it promises 360 permanent jobs in the Hoyt Lakes-Babbitt area of northeastern Minnesota`s Iron Range, 600 indirect jobs and an annual economic benefit to St. Louis County of over $500 million. But environmentalists say it could lead to environmental disaster, citing the potential for acid mine drainage from the sulfide-bearing rocks and of spills if the tailings basin dam breaks.

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Environmental Services Company Expands In Wisconsin

Covanta Environmental Solutions has opened a new materials processing facility in Milwaukee, WI to serve customers with the latest in sustainable materials management and environmental services. The company provides environmental services across a wide range of industries including pharmaceuticals, consumer products, health and beauty, food, automotive, chemicals and other manufacturers.

The new facility, spanning across 13 acres of formerly vacant industrial property, allows Covanta Environmental Solutions to expand and grow its services in Milwaukee and throughout the Midwest, after 20 years of success at a former site in the city. The facility provides services including liquid and solid waste recycling and treatment, product de-packaging, tanker, railcar and industrial facility cleaning, and houses a fleet of vehicles that provide on-site cleanups, remediation and transportation services....

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Wisconsin Woman to Relocate Food Operation for the Homeless

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A southeast Wisconsin woman who uses her own money to buy food and prepare meals for the homeless has been warned by local health officials that she can`t continue working from her kitchen at home.

The Kenosha Division of Health told Arnetta Griffin, 51, that she has to prepare the food in a commercial kitchen, the Kenosha News reported . The department began looking into Griffin`s work after receiving a complaint questioning the legality of her meal service operation.

"They are happy with what I am doing, but they want me to go about it in the right way," Griffin said.

A commercial kitchen will make food preparation safer and make it easier for Griffin to store donated food, said Mark Melotik, the county`s environmental health manager...

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Ken Notes: This is sooo tough because the food laws are actually good for us, but aunt Birdie can`t sell a wedding cake even though she is the best baker in town!

The good news is that many commercial kitchens are now available to entrepreneurs and volunteers like Arnetta. This is a good thing and every community should look into it...

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For Milwaukee Muslims, solar is an act of faith and service

...The trees around the Dawah Center aren’t the only sadaqah jariyah project growing at the mosque and community center. Nearly a year ago, the Dawah Center began a project to put solar panels on its roof, another initiative that would help fulfill the Koran’s teachings about protecting the environment, Clark says...

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Ken Notes: Interesting...

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Wisconsin Food Company Investing in Solar Electricity

In this April 18, 2016 photo, the new Organic Valley office building in Cashton, Wis., is equipped with solar panels which contribute to the buildings exclusively green power supply. Organic Valley is planning a major investment in solar electricity that could substantially increase Wisconsin`s solar capacity and reduce electric bills for rural consumers.

A Wisconsin food company is planning to invest in solar electricity aimed at increasing the state`s solar capacity and reducing electric bills for rural customers.

La Farge-based Cooperative Organic Valley has partnered with solar developer OneEnergy Renewables and the Upper Midwest Municipal Energy Group on the project, the La Crosse Tribune reported. It`s expected to create about 29 megawatts of solar capacity in up to a dozen municipal utilities.

"Our future demands bold new thinking about our sources of energy, and there is nothing more natural to a farmer than harnessing the power of the sun and the wind," said George Siemon, the company`s CEO....


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New GOP Pro-Mining Group Ran Attack Ads

A new group with Republican ties was formed in August by unknown special interest backers to push for a repeal of the state’s sulfide mining moratorium, which was just passed by the legislature and awaits the signature of Gov. Scott Walker.

The Natural Resource Development Association has a website and a Madison address. The association’s executive director and lobbyist is Nathan Conrad, a former Republican Party of Wisconsin communications director...

...Some of that engagement was attack ads only weeks after the group was formed. The association sponsored digital ads attacking two opponents of the Republican plan to scrap the mining moratorium. One ad of the ads targeted Al Gedicks, executive secretary of the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council. The other ad said activist Laura Gauger was an out-of-state pharmacist who wanted to deprive northern Wisconsin of much-needed jobs.

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Ken Notes: I am a huge free speech guy, but in this case wouldn`t the politicians who benefited have to recuse themselves from voting on issues that benefited from that speech?

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Clearing the Clouds for Wisconsin`s Solar Industry

Much has changed in the solar-energy business since Paul and Candy Krepel decided to install 44 panels on their house and garage in Bay View nearly 10 years ago. Most remarkably, the cost of solar equipment has plummeted. The couple’s system, when installed, had run nearly $64,000 before various federal and state subsidies knocked about $14,000 off that price; the same project would cost less than half that today.

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Toyota, BMW Get High Marks for Environmental Practices

Toyota Motor Corp. and BMW have earned “A” Grades from the Carbon Disclosure Project, a non-profit organization based in the United Kingdom, which tracks corporate efforts to reduce climate change.

Both BMW and Toyota also received A-Grades from CDP for limiting water pollution. Five other global automakers, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Nissan and Volkswagen AG received A grades for curbing water pollution as the made the CDP list for 2017...

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Challenge accepted: Toyota production engineers turn status quo on head
It’s a big task, but Toyota Motor North America has the best and brightest accepting the challenge: innovate and problem solve to create the next generation of manufacturing technology. Today’s newly opened $80 million, 235,000 square foot state-of-the-art and environmentally-conscious Production Engineering and Manufacturing Center (PEMC) in Georgetown, Kentucky, is the final building constructed under the “One Toyota” project, and is both a statement on Toyota’s commitment to investing in the future of American manufacturing and a home base for a key group of more than 600 Toyota engineers....   ...more

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Tiny House Warriors installing solar panels in path of Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline

Members of the Secwepemc Nation known as the Tiny House Warriors are completing the installation of solar panels on a tiny house they’ve built to put directly in the path of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline.

“The solar panels we installed on the tiny house today will stand in the path of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline to model the type of energy our communities need and that our children’s future depends on," said Kanahus Manuel, a leader with the Tiny House Warriors and member of the Secewepemc Women’s Warrior Society. "By harnessing the power of the the sun, we are telling Kinder Morgan and the Trudeau government that our energy systems can help nurture life instead of destroying it. This is what Indigenous consent on energy projects and what climate leadership should look like."...

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