Friday , 20 October 2017

WISCONSIN REPUBLICANS LAUNCH NEW ROLLBACK OF AIR, WATER PROTECTIONS

Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature want to eliminate state protections for wetlands and air quality that aren’t mandated by the federal government. About a million acres of wetlands could be left vulnerable to destruction and 300 hazardous air pollutants could become unregulated under a pair of proposals circulating among lawmakers. The Wisconsin Wetlands Association said Monday that the danger of flooding and polluted ground water would increase with a legislative proposal to remove state authority to force developers to avoid or minimize damage to important wetlands. Backers of the bill emphasized that it would preserve the requirement under current law that developers who pave over wetlands pay a fee that is used to create or restore wetlands elsewhere. http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/wisconsin-republicans-launch-new-rollback-of-air-water-protections/article_81101a90-56a2-5841-aa7a-aef12037c77c.html

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