Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources News

Wisconsin Officials Draft Water Quality Standards for PFAS

Wisconsin health officials have finished drafting new groundwater standards for more than 20 substances, including a dozen types of PFAS chemicals. The Department of Natural Resources asked the Department of Health Services in April 2019 to begin researching the health …

Wisconsin DNR Board OKs Firefighting Foam Restrictions, Regulations

Wisconsin environmental regulators have approved an emergency rule that restricts the use of firefighting foam and lays out steps to treat PFAS chemicals. PFAS are human-made chemicals that research suggests can cause health problems in humans. The chemicals have been …

Wisconsin DNR Wants to Raise Mining Fees, Require More Detailed Plans

Mining applicants would have to pay more for permits and licenses, supply more detailed plans to state regulators, and work around a new list of areas deemed off-limits under regulations the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is developing. The DNR …

Wisconsin City’s Failure to Report Contamination Site Deemed an ‘Oversight’

A 2015 report identified hazardous substances on the site of the Sheboygan Municipal Armory near Lake Michigan, but contamination was only recently reported to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at the request of state environmental regulators. Now, the DNR …

Wisconsin Board Delays Rules Setting New Restrictions on PFAS Chemicals

Environmental regulators in Wisconsin has voted to table rules setting new restrictions on firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals. The Department of Natural Resources’ policy board made the decision in a unanimous vote, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. The department has …

Wildfire Danger High in Central Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning on May 3 for 12 counties in central Wisconsin as the danger of wildfires remained high. A red flag warning is issued when the …

Wisconsin Dairy Group Sues State Over Pollution Discharge Rules

Wisconsin environmental officials are over-regulating large livestock operations, imposing pollution requirements that are tougher than federal law and arbitrarily changing runoff standards without going through the rule-making process, a trade association says in a lawsuit. The Dairy Business Association filed …

Wisconsin DNR Backtracks on Climate Change Cause

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has quietly removed language from its website that said humans and greenhouse gases are the main cause of climate change. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the website now states the cause of climate change …

Trump vs. California Climate Battle Brewing

California vs. Trump, so to speak, is shaping up to be a heavyweight match. On one side is the world’s sixth (or so) largest economy – home to Disneyland, Hollywood and Big Sur. On the other is the reality show …