Wisconsin’s environmental protection
agency has agreed to reconsider whether to let a Georgia investment
company fill Monroe County wetlands for a frac sand processing site.
Department of Natural Resources issued a letter Wednesday granting
Clean Wisconsin’s petition for a contested case hearing on a permit
allowing Meteor Timber to fill 16¼ acres of wetlands for its proposed
$65 million processing and loading facility...
Ken Notes: Good read, lets hope DNR gets this right. If we are going to have sand mines (and we are), we need to hold them to the fire and make sure they improve the land they effect. The private sector has used the industry to improve transit and other infrastructure, now it should at least it should be our turn.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration agreed Thursday to waive
part of the penalty Harley-Davidson Inc. agreed to pay last year to
settle a case over air pollution involving racing tuners that caused its
motorcycles to emit higher-than-allowed pollution levels.
The Justice Department filed a new consent decree with the U.S.
District Court for the District of Columbia. It eliminated a requirement
that the Milwaukee-based company spend $3 million to curb air pollution
in local communities by paying to replace conventional woodstoves with
cleaner-burning versions... ...more
Ken Notes: H-D is hurting right now, I would negotiate a program that captures future profits for the betterment of the environment. If we had done this with the paper industry, Wisconsin would still have a thriving paper industry.
New small-scale dredging projects guidelines for the state`s lakes, rivers and streams has been finalized.
The DNR went to public comment about the general permit changes with more than 700 comments given by the public...
...Several groups, including Clean Wisconsin, Wisconsin Lakes, Wisconsin
Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy, the River Alliance of
Wisconsin, Manitowish Waters Lakes Association, Plum Lake Association,
and more than 30 others asked the dredging language be removed from
consideration. The opponents say even small scale dredging can damage a
lake`s ecosystem... ...more
SunPeak is a turnkey developer of commercial solar PV electricity systems based in Madison, Wisconsin. Businesses can be assured their turnkey project will be professionally handled from initial feasibility study to final commissioning. Projects typically range from 100 kW to 5 MW (hundreds to thousands of solar panels) and offer significant cost savings relative to conventional utility electric rates.
The proposed Twin
Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago Intercity Passenger Rail Service project
between the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, Chicago, and smaller cities in
between has completed a first milestone towards entering the federal
passenger rail program.
A recently released Purpose and Need Statement defines the purpose of
the project and the transportation needs it addresses. It is now
available at www.dot.state.mn.us/passengerrail/tc-mil-chi/...
Ken Notes: I can think of two huge funding sources, Sand Mines, and E-retail looking for entrance into the Chicago Market. Wisconsin missed out on the economic impact of this rail corridor the last time, ihope this time the get on board...
President Trump will nominate a prominent coal lobbyist and former Senate aide, Andrew Wheeler, to serve as the Environmental Protection Agency’s deputy administrator, according to two senior administration officials.
a principal at Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting, is a lobbyist for coal
giant Murray Energy and served as a top aide for Sen. James M. Inhofe
(R-Okla.) when Inhofe chaired the Senate Environment Committee. He has
represented Murray Energy — whose chief executive, Bob Murray, is a
prominent supporter of the president — since 2009. ...more
Ken Notes: So let me get this straight, instead of reviewing and controlling the EPA, the new goal is to turn the EPA into and advocacy agency for the industries that do anything but protect the environment.
A plan to improve the shoreline of Lake Superior along Wisconsin point in the city of Superior is close to becoming a reality.
Superior Mayor Jim Paine confirms that the state of Wisconsin awarded
the city with a grant worth $1.375 million for the improvements.
“I am very grateful to the state of Wisconsin for recognizing the
value of this project and investing in it so significantly,” Paine said.
The mayor says the project will improve water quality, restore the sand dunes, and generally improve public access to the beach.
Years of industry and commerce along the shoreline has caused
environmental concerns for both the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota... ...more
Miron specializes in providing innovative pre-construction, construction management, design-build, general construction and industrial services.
The Door County Board of Supervisors will consider a resolution
opposing the Back 40 Mine near Menominee at its monthly meeting Tuesday,
July 25. The resolution passed the county’s Legislative Committee
unanimously following comment from local and regional residents in
opposition to the mine.
“Considering our close proximity to the mine, to the Menominee River
and to Green Bay it would be very wise for this committee to oppose
construction and the digging of the mine,” said Dennis Skahen, former
Resource Development Specialist with the UW-Extension office in Door
Ken Notes: We do not learn from our past, in fact we seem intent on repeating it.
DE PERE, Wis. (WFRV) - A large aquatic bird that has become a
familiar sight in Northeast Wisconsin is thriving in the Bay of Green
Bay. As Local 5`s Kris Schuller reports the American White Pelican now
makes our area its summer home.
On the churning waters near the
Fox River dam in De Pere - American White Pelicans perch. They are
members of a growing colony that has found a home on the waters of
“We have a pretty good population of white pelicans,” said DNR Wildlife Biologist Josh Martinez...
...“They`ll work together to herd fish into the shoreline or some other
obstacle and force them to the surface in shallow water and you`ll see
all their heads go down at one time,” said Mike Reed, director of the
Green Bay Wildlife Sanctuary... ...more
Ken Notes: I thought I was seeing things when I saw a flock in Albany this spring.
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...
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg flew to Glacier National Park on
Saturday to tour the melting ice fields that have become the poster
child for climate change’s effects on Montana’s northern Rockies.
days before the tech tycoon’s visit, the Trump administration abruptly
removed two of the park’s top climate experts from a delegation
scheduled to show him around, telling a research ecologist and the park
superintendent that they were no longer going to participate in the
It’s premature to declare victory as Congress works to protect the
Great Lakes from President Donald Trump’s proposed elimination of $300
million in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, but
action taken last week by the House Appropriations Committee is
By a 30-21 vote, the committee restored $300 million for the GLRI to
the budget. Many of the “no” votes such as that of U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of
Howland, D-13th, weren’t opposed to the $300 million restoration, but
to other cuts made to Environmental Protection Agency funding... ...more
Ken Notes: This is truly and investment! We should ask Canada to match this...
SCS - At the forefront of sustainable environmental solutions for over 40 years
The Water Council welcomes next round of entrepreneurs and graduates class of 2017
MILWAUKEE, WI, July 21, 2017 – The Water Council and Guest of Honor Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch
announced today the fifth round of winners of the BREW Accelerator and
graduated the fourth round of startups during a special ceremony last
night at City Lights Brewing in Milwaukee.
The BREW Accelerator is the world’s leading seed accelerator focused
on innovation-driven startups with commercialization potential solving
global water challenges. The accelerator pairs the water-focused
startups with a community of credentialed experts, services and
resources of Wisconsin’s historic world water hub to help entrepreneurs
from around the world launch their businesses.... ...more
Ken Notes: This program will place Wisconsin on the map regarding water quality world wide. Support of the Global Water Center and these programs could well help attract foreign business to the state.
EMISSIONS: Clean energy groups and Xcel Energy tell Minnesota regulators to adopt a “much higher” social cost of carbon figure than is used now. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• Clean energy groups are divided over the need for a 125-mile, $500 million transmission line proposed through southwest Wisconsin. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• Illinois utility representatives say their customers are being hamstrung by high electric rates because their wholesale power supplier is over-invested in coal. (Southern Illinoisan)
• More libraries in Wisconsin are installing solar panels to help reduce energy costs. (Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune)
Ken Notes: Much more at the link...
MADISON, Wis. — According to the Wisconsin League of Conservation
Voters, a closed-door effort is under way to draft a bill that would
weaken the state`s mining law.
The group said the bill would pave the way for industrial acid mining,
also called sulfide mining. Mining companies have identified four
potential sites in northern Wisconsin with mineral deposits suitable for
Sulfide mining creates massive amounts of waste, and according to the
league’s executive director Kerry Schumann, that`s is a huge problem....
Ken Notes: Alas it is now about money and election results more than a concern for balance and our future. We ignore jobs and potential jobs in favor of promised jobs with the profit margins to promote politics and, well... more profit.
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According to a new study, air pollution may have yet another harmful effect—reduction of solar energy production.
from Duke, the Indian Institute of Technology at Gandhinagar and the
University of Wisconsin at Madison performed the research, which
appeared last month in Environmental Science & Technology Letters.
The investigators—including Mike Bergin, professor in the Department of
Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Drew Shindell, professor of
climate sciences at the Nicholas School of the Environment—found that
solar energy production was reduced by about 17 to 25 percent in India,
China and the Arabian Peninsula due to particulates in the air.... ...more
Ken Notes: Now that is the Catch 22...
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CADOTT, Wis. (WEAU) --
James Tinjum, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison`s Department of Engineering Professional Development
(EPD), will travel across four Midwestern states by bicycle in July to
visit wind turbines and bring attention to wind energy.... ...more
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan business groups on Monday
defended twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac, saying
Enbridge Inc.`s Line 5 provides crucial energy supplies and is safer for
the environment than transporting the oil another way.
Representatives of several organizations, most with ties to the
energy industry, said the line should continue to operate with frequent
maintenance and close scrutiny. They differed with environmental
advocates who contend the nearly 5-mile-long (8-kilometer) segment
beneath the waterway where Lakes Michigan and Huron meet is aging and
should be decommissioned... ...more
College Moves To Eliminate Fossil Fuels From Its Endowment Portfolio
The Northland College Board of Trustees has committed to eliminating
its investment in fossil fuels as a part of the college`s endowment
portfolio over the next five years.
Around $823,000 of the college’s $28 million endowment is invested in
fossil fuel companies, according to Mike Fiorio, Northland trustee and
financial advisor for Fiorio Wealth Advisors.
“The college’s endowment presently is invested in a portfolio of
capital market, securities, stocks and bonds.” He said Wednesday, “The
only thing that will change is what is presently allocated to fossil
fuels - oil, natural gas, coal what have you - will now be re-allocated
to the remaining portfolio.”...
Ken Notes: The publicity is good but the actual action does nothing to address the issues. I would keep the investments Transfer ownership to environmental students and send them to the annual meetings of these companies.
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