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Conservation NOW: December 11, 2017

THIS WEEK’S NOTICES:

Oppose SB 506 and AB 599: Undermining Navigability of Our Waters

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose SB 506 and AB 599, which are before the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry and the Assembly Committee on Environment and Forestry on Tuesday.

The Wisconsin Constitution declares that our lakes and rivers are public resources, owned in common by all Wisconsin citizens under the state’s Public Trust Doctrine. The state has a responsibility to manage those public resources for the use of all people. SB 506 and AB 599 would restrict the DNR’s ability to determine the navigability of streams – effectively privatizing state waters.

Oppose SB 459: Making It Harder to Breathe

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose SB 459, which is before the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection on Thursday.

It is the responsibility of the DNR to set state standards for pollutants when general federal standards are not sufficient to protect Wisconsin citizens. SB 459 would prevent the DNR from protecting the public from air pollution by striking all state standards for air pollutants.  The DNR would then be subjected to a very long and complicated process to reinstate state air pollution standards and then sunset those standards every 10 years.  This needlessly undercuts protections for public health.

Oppose SB 466: Hiding the Evidence of Air Pollution

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose SB 466, which is before the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection on Thursday.

Wisconsinites deserve to breathe clean air. Unsafe levels of pollution can cause premature death for those with existing respiratory and pulmonary health conditions. Long-term exposure to unsafe levels of pollution can permanently damage the lungs and hearts of children. When unsafe levels of pollution are recorded, Wisconsin is required to develop plans to reduce all sources of air pollution in the area. SB 466 would prohibit the DNR from including the air monitoring site located at Kohler-Andrae State Park in the air quality data submitted to EPA because it shows unhealthy level of pollution in Sheboygan County. By hiding the evidence of unhealthy air pollution, this bill would attempt to artificially show compliance with federal Clean Air Act Standards and thus allow for more pollution in the area.

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