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This Weeks Articles...

  1. Green Builder of the Year - J.H Findorff & Son
  2. Wisconsin officials must face lawsuit over massive power line
  3. UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Madison Gas and Electric: Release institute’s analysis of MGE’s net-zero carbon goal
  4. Tom Boldt elected to National Academy of Construction
  5. On the Road to Energy Efficiency
  6. Environmental Regulators Investigating 3K-Gallon Manure Spill Near Cashton
  7. Polk Co. supervisor withdraws another anti-CAFO proposal, will continue pursuing regulation
  8. UW-River Falls opens new Ecological Restoration Institute
  9. Wisconsin DNR wants to raise mining fees, require more detailed plans
  10. Consumer advocates praise deal to refinance debt on shuttered coal plant in southeastern Wisconsin
  11. Research highlights need for grassland conservation, agriculture support
  12. WCGA hosts EPA, DOI officials at roundtable discussion on Janesville farm
  13. New solvent-based recycling process could cut down on millions of tons of plastic waste

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Wisconsin’s First Large-Scale Solar Project Now Up and Running
Wisconsin’s first large-scale solar project is complete and now powering Madison-area establishments. Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) is a co-owner of the 150-megawatt (MW) Two Creeks Solar facility with Wisconsin Public Service (WPS). MGE owns 50 MW; WPS owns 100 MW.

Two Creeks Solar features 500,000 solar panels across 800 acres in Manitowoc County. NextEra Energy Resources LLC developed and built Two Creeks Solar in partnership with MGE and WPS. Construction began in August 2019. Many of the facility’s components, including its half-million panels, were installed this spring and summer. Two Creeks is located in the Town of Two Creeks and City of Two Rivers...

Ken Notes: This is huge! Just a note to my business readers, with the admin changes we will need to become proactive and "at the table" as the new administration starts to change the rules. WDNGreen.com will continue to strongly support environmental issue that make economic sense and we are in a strong position to move a green agenda forward but we will need to make sure restriction and mandates do not impede the progress we have made.

Power companies will need our help as well so they can migrate from carbon to renewables. We need to advocate for closing coal plants, transitional co-gen facilities, and fair rate structures. It would be nice in both cases to see a bi-partisan agenda rather than a return to more restrictive policy...

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Green Builder of the Year - J.H Findorff & Son
Green Builder of the Year - J.H Findorff & Son Check out more at https://dailyreporter.com/newsmakers-...

Ken Notes: Congrats all!!! Lets be sure and remind our elected officials that we are building greener, sustainable, buildings because it makes economic sense. Not laws, not mandates, and not protests -- it is the economy and working together that makes this work!

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2020 Natural Gas for Transportation Roundtable
Join Wisconsin Clean Cities and other industry leaders as we examine the multiple benefits of using compressed, liquefied and renewable natural gas as a viable alternative transportation fuel. Hear from Lorrie Lisek of Wisconsin Clean Cities, Jeff Clarke of NGVAmerica, David Cox from The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, Ross Finlan of U.S. Gain, David Hagopian of Advanced VTech, Joel Fasnacht of Kwik Trip, John Welch of Dane County Department of Waste & Renewables, Marc Rowe of Trillium, Dave Westerveld of Ozinga and Hugh Donnell of Cummins...

Ken Notes: Well worth the time and a great overview of creating a new marketplace. With an administration change and a commitment to renewable energy we need to start thinking about drafting legislation to help get there. Of course I strongly support requiring CAFO`s to digest waste, produce RNG and heat the effluent. This would be game changing in Wisconsin!

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Lawsuit Filed Against Trump Administration For Relaxing Limits On Coal Plant Pollution

Environmental Groups Say US EPA Weakened Obama-Era Regulations

Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its rule that weakens Obama-era requirements to reduce pollution from wastewater of coal-fired power plants.

The waste from burning coal contains heavy metals that can contaminate surrounding waterways and pose a threat to public health.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency relaxed requirements of a 2015 rule issued by the Obama administration in August that could have implications for two Wisconsin coal plants. The changes give utilities more time to reduce pollution and allow them to use cheaper pollution control technologies...


Ken Notes: When will we learn that legislating in the courts is bad for all of us unless you are a lawyer... Also wouldn`t we rather see the coal plants close rather that invest in infrastructure that would force them to stay open for decades to repay the debt. Keep reading...

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Senate bill aims to eliminate all CAFOs in 20 years
For years, the agricultural industry has followed a trajectory that has led to the mass production of beef, pork, poultry, and other foods. It is not uncommon to see an operation that contains hundreds to thousands of animals. We find it to be the norm that the average farm size increases while the number of farms decreased. Moreover, smaller farms struggle to compete with more expansive operations as the meatpacking industry monopolizes the agricultural sector. To address this issue, lawmakers and agricultural activists have drafted the Farm Systems Reform Act (FSRA).

The Farm System Reform Act gained new strides this summer and fall as U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored it in June, and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders co-sponsored the bill in July. Introduced by Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (a well-known vegan) on Jan. 21, the bulk of the bill targets large, concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. The goal is to eliminate large operations in the next 20 years, with no large operations able to go on after Jan. 1, 2040. As described in the resolution, CAFOs are animal feeding operations that include a minimum of: 700 dairy cows, 1,000 beef cattle, 2,500 pigs weighing more than 55 pounds, 10,000 pigs weighing less than 55 pounds, 500 horses, 10,000 sheep or lambs, and 55,000 turkeys....

Ken Notes: This will NOT happen, the lobby is too string and the money they can use to protect themselves is too significant. We can and should address the way they treat their waste. Digestion is the secret sauce that will actually protect the smaller farmer, create RNG, a clean effluent, and improved watersheds.

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Wisconsin officials must face lawsuit over massive power line
MADISON, Wis. (CN) — A Wisconsin federal judge decided on Friday to let environmentalists challenging a multistate power line corridor proceed with their claims against two state commissioners they claim were biased in approving the corridor in the face of conflicts of interest.

While allowing constitutional due process claims to proceed against the two commissioners in question, U.S. District Court Judge William Conley’s 36-page opinion did toss the environmental advocates’ Fifth Amendment takings claims because they did not meet the “daunting burden” to prove that the planned taking of private land for the public use of the transmission line amounts to a constitutional violation..

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Ken Notes: I so wish that the PSC and both parties could meet to determine if there is middle ground here. I have always thought that the 151 corridor offers a better option. Also if we must cut swath out of the driftless, I would like to see an exchange for trails, camping, wildlife, and conservancy land, on the table. The courts are not the best solution here because eminent domain is a set of rules and of you follow the rules you will win your case. It is the law -- you are in a courtroom -- do the math...

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Kraus-Anderson Construction Company

When Kraus-Anderson began the development process for its new corporate headquarters building in downtown Minneapolis, company leadership determined the guiding principle used throughout the project would be “cost-effective sustainability.” This principle has influenced all decision-making with regard to space planning for customers and employees; building components, systems, and technology; and construction means and methods.  As a result, the building is on track to achieve LEED certification for sustainability....


Ken Notes:KA is leading by example...

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PFAS News Roundup: PFOS in fish, Wisconsin standards in dispute, lacking regulations in Canada
PFAS, short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a group of widespread man-made chemicals that don’t break down in the environment or the human body and have been flagged as a major contaminant in sources of water across the country.


Ken Notes: This to could see executive orders mandating expensive cures that no not address the real problem. We need to focus on policy and long term solutions...

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ONLINE: Conservation on Tap
Thu., Nov. 19, 5:30-6:30pm

Get involved and get outdoors in Wisconsin: Cait Williamson, director of conservation programs, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is the bridge connecting people who want to help with meaningful opportunities to make a lasting impact on Wisconsin’s land, waters, wildlife, and future stewards.

Join a Zoom conversation as Cait talks about ways to get involved and get outdoors with the Natural Resources Foundation, including the ever-popular field trip program, Wayfarers (nature experiences for young professionals), and the Great Wisconsin Birdathon....

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UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Madison Gas and Electric: Release institute’s analysis of MGE’s net-zero carbon goal

Climate expert determines goal is aggressive and consistent with global climate science.

Madison, Wis., Nov. 18, 2020—The University of Wisconsin-Madison has evaluated Madison Gas and Electric’s (MGE) goal of net-zero carbon electricity by 2050, comparing it to the modeled pathways for the electricity sector in industrialized nations to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Relative to publicly available model results for carbon reductions through 2050, MGE’s goal is in line with or more aggressive than these model benchmarks for climate solutions.

Led by Dr. Tracey Holloway in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, the study used climate modeling available through the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in the context of the IPCC’s October 2018 Special Report...


Ken Notes: What a great experience for the students, my concern with programs like Nelson, and do not get me wrong I love the program, is that students are not always given the business economics side of the equation. Working with a real provider is the best way to get this experience. Also thanks to MGE for allowing students to peek behind the curtain....

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Tom Boldt elected to National Academy of Construction
The National Academy of Construction has elected Tom Boldt, CEO of The Boldt Co., as a member of its class of 2020. He was formally inducted on Oct. 29 during the NAC annual meeting, which was held online.

During the induction ceremony, Boldt was cited as a “longtime visionary and committed leader in sustainable building and continuous improvement who is dedicated to providing safety and value to the communities served.”...

Ken Notes: Tom is a great guy, I have known him since I was Mayor in Neenah and his word is his bond - Congrats!

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On the Road to Energy Efficiency
Businesses across Wisconsin are taking steps to reduce their carbon footprints, improve bottom lines, and strengthen our state’s economy and environment. Join us on a virtual tour around Wisconsin, exploring this year’s Energy Efficiency Excellence award winners.


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Sustain Dane Summit: Decade to Deliver Full Program Announcement
The 2020 Sustain Dane Summit will take place virtually on Thursday, December 3, featuring “Decade to Deliver” as the conference theme. 2020 marks the beginning of a decade where we must accelerate our actions to deliver results on holistic sustainability: a healthy environment, a just economy, and social wellbeing for all. Our program of meaningful speakers and conversations with participants will focus on global solutions and local actions we can take to create a more thriving and equitable community.

The conference will feature a keynote address from Crystal Chissell, the Vice President of Operations and Engagement at Project Drawdown, the world’s leading resource for climate solutions. Chissell will share Project Drawdown’s research, inspiring stories from climate solutions around the world, and her personal experience with social justice and equity in the climate movement...

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Wisconsin health officials recommend groundwater caps for 22 contaminants; list includes pesticides, PFAS
State health officials are recommending new groundwater quality standards for 22 contaminants, including some PFAS and pesticides, that they say will ensure safe drinking water for Wisconsin residents.

The Department of Health Services forwarded the recommendations to the Department of Natural Resources, which will begin a roughly 2½-year process of crafting rules to regulate facilities, practices and activities that can affect groundwater. The rules apply to bottled water, approved agricultural chemicals, contamination site cleanup, regulation of solid waste landfills, and more.

If approved, the standards would be added to a list of 138 currently regulated substances...

Ken Notes: Here is a perfect example of what I am talking about. Do we currently have affordable ready to go treatment options to remove these contaminants? If not, who pays for the systems to remove these items and how much will it cost.

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Michigan governor seeks shutdown of Great Lakes oil pipeline
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is taking legal action to force the shutdown of a pipeline that carries oil beneath the channel linking Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took legal action Friday to shut down a pipeline that carries oil beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes.

Whitmer`s office notified Canadian company Enbridge Inc. that it was revoking an easement granted 67 years ago to extend a roughly 4-mile (6.4-kilometer) section of the pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac. The revocation takes effect in 180 days, when the flow of oil must stop...

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VR helps visualise future of forests

 Geographers in the US have created a virtual-reality (VR) forest, which simulates what various futures may hold under different climate-change scenarios.

The researchers at Penn State University combined information on forest composition with information on forest ecology to create a forest similar to those found in Wisconsin. In VR, people can walk through a simulated forest of today and see what various futures may hold for the trees in relation to the effects of climate change.

“The main problem that needs to be addressed is that climate change is abstract,” said Alexander Klippel, a professor of geography at Penn State. “Its meaning only unfolds in 10, 15, or 100 years. It is very hard for people to understand and plan and make decisions.”...


Ken Notes: Interesting video at the link...

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Environmental Regulators Investigating 3K-Gallon Manure Spill Near Cashton
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says it`s helping investigate a manure spill in southwestern Wisconsin that killed more than 100 fish.

Mlsna East Town Dairy reported around 3,000 gallons of manure that was spread on a field ran into an unnamed stream west of Knapp Valley Road on Friday, Oct. 30. The manure eventually flowed into Knapp Creek south of the Mlsna Dam near Cashton....

Ken Notes: I do not even want to suggest I have predicted this for many years now, and for the record this will not be the last one...

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State’s move from fossil fuels accelerated by retiring coal plants; JCRAR extends leeway to DWD’s UI work search requirements
 Statewide announcements to retire coal-fired power plants is adding to Wisconsin’s rapid move away from fossil fuels.

In 2019, for the first time in more than three decades, coal-fired power plants provided less than half of Wisconsin’s electricity net generation. Gov. Tony Evers set a goal last August for the state to produce carbon-free electricity by 2050.

This year, a trio of Wisconsin’s largest utilities have announced plans to retire more coal plants in an effort to cut emissions and deliver savings for customers.

*Dairyland Power Cooperative announced...

Ken Notes: Read this... We need to support our providers who are now moving in the right direction.

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Polk Co. supervisor withdraws another anti-CAFO proposal, will continue pursuing regulation

After the Polk County Board of Supervisors was threatened with litigation over proposals that would put limitations and a moratorium on large swine farms, another proposal relating to the matter has been withdrawn.

Resolution No. 50-20, proposed by Supt. Amy Middleton of Osceola, went before the county board`s Health and Human Services division meeting, where the resolution was withdrawn. The resolution would have directed the Environmental Services division of the county government and the HHS to draft legislation that would address the "negative impacts of CAFOs."...


Ken Notes: Try a little love - We love CAFO`s - We require digestion and treated effluent...

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Integrating natural resources into a development can increase its market value, enhance the quality of life for those who live, work or shop in the development, and contribute to the long term sustainability of the environment, on which our welfare, and that of future generations depends.

Housing is the dominant urban land use, typically accounting for 40 or more percent of the developed land in an urban area. It warrants particular attention for those who want to integrate natural resources into development. Streets and rights of way typically account for 20 percent or more of the developed land in an urban area or development. The proper sizing and design of these corridors also warrant close attention. The principles which apply to these land uses are applicable to commercial, industrial, institutional, and even recreational uses as well.”


Ken Notes: We should work more with the development / landscape communities to create envrio friendly landscapes...

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Grassland 2.0 Aims to Replace Soy and Corn Farming with Perennial Pasture in the Upper Midwest

The University of Wisconsin-Madison project will help farmers transition to pasture-based systems to protect the environment and boost rural livelihoods while meeting demand for grassfed meat and dairy.

“We’re shedding farms,” Randy Jackson remarks grimly one autumn day over video conference. A professor of grassland ecology in the department of agronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jackson points to the fact that a record 10 percent of dairy farms in his state of Wisconsin shuttered in 2019, another milestone for a local economy that led the nation in farm bankruptcies last year.

Wisconsin’s dairy sector contributes more than $45 billion to the state’s economy and employs 154,000 people. Thus, dairy farm closures have enormous trickle-down impact. “There are less than 7,000 dairy farms left in the state,” Jackson adds morosely. “Two go out of business each day.”...

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UW-River Falls opens new Ecological Restoration Institute
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is opening their new earth science facility, the Ecological Restoration Institute.

Part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, the facility was built to support students in gaining new natural resource management skills with hands-on training and certification courses through restoration projects.

"We are incredibly grateful for the vision and commitment of the donors in supporting the development of this cutting-edge institute that will provide high-impact experiences for students in conservation and environmental science and help them develop professionally," said Holly Dolliver, chair of the Plant and Earth Science Department.

A press release said the projects involved in the facility will help students become more "marketable" and improve their qualifications as they look for jobs in the natural resources field. The list of available courses is diverse, from boat safety training to tractor training and even a chainsaw safety class. Students can also learn about becoming a wildland firefighter.

Ken Notes: Thumbs up!!!

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Wisconsin DNR wants to raise mining fees, require more detailed plans

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin environmental officials want to dramatically increase regulatory costs for mining in the state.

The Department of Natural Resources is developing new administrative rules that would increase regulatory fees and costs for nonferrous mining operations by nearly $502,000 per project.

The rules also would create a list of areas unsuitable for mining, including places with endangered species, unique geological features, wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers, national and state parks and wildlife refuges.


Ken Notes: Again I have been advocating for this for years. I hope all plans include an end of life plan that restores the land, cleans the site, and is funded from the onset. Also emergency contingencies should include real plans and the resources to enact them. Note this is often a footnote in the financials earmarked for paying fines....

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Dairyland Power Cooperative

Our commitment to preserving the quality of our environment is not just a program at Dairyland. It reflects a deeply held view that good environmental practices reflect sound operations and contribute to the overall economic and social health of the communities we serve.


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Consumer advocates praise deal to refinance debt on shuttered coal plant in southeastern Wisconsin
Consumer advocates are cheering a decision by Wisconsin utility regulators to approve a novel refinancing plan for a retired coal plant that is expected to save millions of dollars for customers of the state’s largest utility.

The Public Service Commission voted unanimously Thursday to allow We Energies to issue bonds for $100 million of its investment in pollution controls at the Pleasant Prairie plant, which shut down in 2018.

Ken Notes: Read this to get a feel for the economics involved. And thanks to the regulators to get this debt secured. Also a note to those suing over relaxed standards at coal plants -- If the controls cost millions and the company want to CLOSE the plant adding the controls now may nit be in our best long term interest. Broker deals to get the coal plants offline rather than requiring investments that will only serve to keep them online...

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Consumer advocates praise deal to refinance debt on shuttered coal plant in southeastern Wisconsin
Consumer advocates are cheering a decision by Wisconsin utility regulators to approve a novel refinancing plan for a retired coal plant that is expected to save millions of dollars for customers of the state’s largest utility.

The Public Service Commission voted unanimously Thursday to allow We Energies to issue bonds for $100 million of its investment in pollution controls at the Pleasant Prairie plant, which shut down in 2018.

The financing arrangement, known as securitization, is expected to save ratepayers about $40 million while allowing the utility to recover its investment...

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DNR Asks Tyco To Expand Sampling Of Fish For PFAS
Fish Tissue Sampling In Private Ponds Shows Elevated PFAS Levels

State environmental regulators are asking a Marinette manufacturer of firefighting foam to expand sampling of fish for chemicals known as PFAS. The move comes after sampling in private ponds near Tyco`s fire training facility showed fish had PFAS concentrations that would trigger restrictions on eating fish.

Tyco, a subsidiary of Johnson Controls International (JCI), sampled three private ponds near its fire technology center in Marinette as part of an ongoing investigation into PFAS contamination stemming from its facility. The site has been used for research, testing and training with firefighting foam that contains the chemicals, which don`t break down easily and are linked to health issues, including some cancers...

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Trump officials end gray wolf protections across most of US
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Trump administration officials on Thursday stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states and tribes in charge of overseeing the predators.

The U.S. Department of Interior announcement just days ahead of the Nov. 3 election could lead to resumption of wolf hunts in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin -- a crucial battleground in the campaign between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden....

Ken Notes: Sad that we were so successful in reestablishing these we now need to remove them from protected status. Such majestic animals...

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Zoom Environmental School a Success in Connecticut
On September 22-23, 2020, The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc., presented NGC Environmental School 3 - Air and Related Issues, in a virtual format, for the first time. The course was originally scheduled to be held at the Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby. In March, the team structuring the course had to pivot to bring professors and technical people together to deliver the course virtually. ..

Environmental School 4 – Water and Related Issues, is scheduled for September 22-23, 2021, either on Zoom or in Connecticut,depending upon COVID-19 safety precautions and NGC course protocols...

Ken Notes: As a teacher, I love the idea of great classes being offered for credit across the state. This would work great for topics where a traditional high school would not be able to find a qualified instructor...

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Wisconsin affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council

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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New Report Finds Nitrate Pollution In Drinking Water May Cost Wisconsin Up To $80M In Medical Expenses

Some Cancers, Adverse Birth Outcomes May Be Tied To Nitrate Exposure

Nitrate pollution in drinking water is linked to negative health outcomes that are costing people in Wisconsin anywhere between $23 million and $80 million each year in medical expenses. That`s according to a new report published this week in the journal Environmental Monitoring and Assessment.

The report analyzed nitrate exposure using test results from public and private water supplies. The report`s lead author, Paul Mathewson, a staff scientist at Clean Wisconsin, said they applied a previous study`s model to Wisconsin data to get an idea of the health impacts linked to nitrate in drinking water. 

The report found 111 to 298 cases of colorectal, ovarian, thyroid, bladder and kidney cancer may be caused by nitrate contamination each year. The findings also showed between 26 and 149 cases of adverse birth outcomes, including low birth weight or very pre-term birth, may also be tied to nitrate exposure....


Ken Notes: And no mention of CAFO`s dumping billions of gallons of liquefied manure in our fields and aquifers.

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KI: Recognized for sustainable manufacturing by Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council
GREEN BAY, Wis. (November 10) – The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council has named KI a GREEN MASTER LEVEL within its Green Masters Program. Recognizing sustainable actions by businesses from across the state of Wisconsin, the Green Masters program works to identify businesses that have taken at least one action within each of the nine pillars of sustainability. Participants in the program receive recognition for their sustainability accomplishments and develop ideas for future sustainability actions.

KI has made a comprehensive effort to incorporate sustainable practices and policies into its manufacturing responsibilities and continuously works toward incorporating the largest percentage of recycled content into its products and packaging. The company also continually identifies and reduces the use of chemicals of high concern and selects safer alternatives...

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Research highlights need for grassland conservation, agriculture support
For farmers struggling against economic forces and doing everything they can to keep afloat, grassland biodiversity may be the last thing they want to worry about.

But expanding crops into grasslands to increase production could further jeopardize their operations’ profitability due to diminished yields, according to University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers. And these areas, while generally not well suited for growing crops, are important to the native biodiversity of the Midwest.

“Croplands are continuing to expand into grasslands and other natural areas at high rates — over a million acres per year are being converted,” says Tyler Lark, an assistant scientist in UW–Madison’s Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies...


Ken Notes: It`s takes a village...

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Wausau launching recycling education app ‘Betterbin’
WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) —A new app is coming to residents of Wausau in 2021 for the purpose of recycling and disposal education.

The City of Wausau is partnering with Rocket Industrial in creating the Betterbin app.

“Just like trash disposal, recycling comes with financial costs,” said Mary Anne Groat, City of Wausau Finance Director and Recycling Coordinator. “When we can help our residents put the correct materials in recycling and refuse carts, we are doing our part to minimize long-term waste management costs and meet state-mandated materials landfill bans at the same time.”...

Ken Notes: Good idea...

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New study shows air quality improving in the Dairy State
Wisconsin’s air quality is improving. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 2020 Air Quality Trends Report has been released and confirms decreasing concentrations of most pollutants across the state.

The report, which includes air quality data through 2019, finds that concentrations of most pollutants for which the Environmental Protection Agency has set national air quality standards have decreased in all regions of the state since monitoring began. Due in part to these significant reductions, 95% of Wisconsin’s population lives in areas meeting all federal air quality standards...   ...more

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WCGA hosts EPA, DOI officials at roundtable discussion on Janesville farm

Several figures in agriculture and environmental conservation turned out Friday for a roundtable discussion hosted by the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association in Janesville, including several state and federal representatives and members of the Environmental Protection Agency and US Department of the Interior.

The roundtable, held at Roger Rebout & Sons farm in Janesville, discussed water quality issues faced by Wisconsin farmers. The panelists largely agreed that the relationship between Wisconsin farmers and regulatory agencies like the EPA needs fixing among many disagreements between them on how farmers should accomplish land and water conservation....


Ken Notes: And the relationships need to be fixed away from the courtroom and legislative chambers...

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Madison startup Mobile22 delivers `Uber-like` experience for traditional taxicab companies

A new transportation startup in Madison is giving riders the ability to order a taxicab with “Uber-like” convenience. 

Mobile22 is an integrated ride-hailing platform licensed to traditional taxicab companies. Riders who download the startup’s app can expect many of the same features they’ve come to expect with other ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft, including upfront fares, on-demand, scheduled, shared rides and live ride tracking.

Meanwhile, Mobile22 enables taxicab companies with the upgraded technology needed to facilitate payment processing, automate dispatch, and manage their drivers and fleets, allowing independent taxi providers to streamline operations and better compete against the ride-booking giants, according to the company....


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Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council

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The WI Sustainable Business Council is a network of Wisconsin businesses and organizations that are interested in, or actively responding to, the challenge of sustainability.

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OPINION: Wisconsin`s next state budget should invest in stewardship
If COVID-19 has taught us one thing, it’s that nature is vital to our physical and mental health and well-being. If you are like me, you have been gratified to see, and felt connected in a small way to, the many people who are being drawn outdoors to our state and county parks, nature preserves, and the green spaces sprinkled within many of our neighborhoods....

Ken Notes: I too strongly support the stewardship, but would love to see it strengthened and able to pair even more with private entities like land conservancies. I would also like to see a public access component that allows camping as well as hiking, biking, fishing, paddling. This would create more tourism dollars that we so badly need...

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The approval of Enbridge Line 3 should be a no-brainer

Canada, North Dakota and Wisconsin approved their sections years ago.

IF told you that Minnesota had the opportunity to welcome a multibillion-dollar infrastructure project at no cost to the taxpayers, how would you feel?

Now, imagine that this project would provide over 4,000 jobs during one of the worst economic downturns in the history of our state.

No, I am not talking about another sports stadium or light-rail project, I am talking about the Line 3 pipeline. Yet, while it seems like a no-brainer, Gov. Tim Walz and radical environmental activists are inexplicably stonewalling this economic lifeline....


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New solvent-based recycling process could cut down on millions of tons of plastic waste

Multilayer plastic materials are ubiquitous in food and medical supply packaging, particularly since layering polymers can give those films specific properties, like heat resistance or oxygen and moisture control. But despite their utility, those ever-present plastics are impossible to recycle using conventional methods.

About 100 million tons of multilayer thermoplastics -- each composed of as many as 12 layers of varying polymers -- are produced globally every year. Forty percent of that total is waste from the manufacturing process itself, and because there has been no way to separate the polymers, almost all of that plastic ends up in landfills or incinerators.

Now, University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have pioneered a method for reclaiming the polymers in these materials using solvents, a technique they`ve dubbed Solvent-Targeted Recovery and Precipitation (STRAP) processing. Their proof-of-concept is detailed today (Nov. 20, 2020) in the journal Science Advances...


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State Launch of Wisconsin’s Clean Energy Toolkit
Communities across Wisconsin are looking to develop clean energy plans to do their part against global warming, and La Crosse is getting in on the action as well.

The Wisconsin Clean Energy Toolkit will launch statewide today, with La Crosse, Madison, Eau Claire, Green Bay, and Milwaukee all participating. The Toolkit is a comprehensive guide to energy policy options in the state, and is designed to help communities of any size achieve their goal of going green.


Ken Notes: I will keep this link for awhile...

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An overriding principal - Restore Wisconsin to the bipartisan national environmental leadership it once enjoyed...

  • Building and Design

    • Work with developers, architects, communities, and business to ensure the highest and most cost effective Green building practices are used in new development.
    • Expedite projects who guarantee the best environmental practices and make sure the systems are in place to ensure this. Trust but Verify.
    • Avoid costly mandates and restrictions that will move businesses to other states or regions.
  • Mining

    • Explore the restoration of the sulfide mining moratorium or...
    • Work with counties to create and enforce new mining regulations, restrictions and enforcement.
    • Delay approval of any new mines until counties have their regulation policies in place.
    • Restore DNR environmental staff and expertise to levels that can review any requests in a timely manner.
    • Require a site reclamation fund be established from the onset of any approved project with a plan in place for complete site reclamation.
    • Allow municipalities to enact special utilities in lieu of or in addition to regular taxes for issues like impact on roads, utilities, infrastructure, and public safety.
  • Renewable Energy and Fuels

    • Work with the utilities, business and communities to encourage the use of renewables, reduced carbon output, and better reporting and measurement.
    • Establish a PSC willing to work with business and power companies while progressing to a lower carbon renewable future.
    • Do not impose legislative mandates on renewables but rather incentivize use of new technologies while maintaining an open dialogue among all parties involved.
  • Our Watersheds and the Great Lakes

    • Become a strong partner in Great Lakes–St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact.
    • If water is removed from the watershed, require that it be returned cleaner that it was taken. Again make sure DNR has the resources to monitor and ensure this policy.
  • Land Use and Transmission / Pipe Lines

    • Require the need and or profit for new systems to Wisconsin citizens. If a system like tar sand or electricity is for other states or regions, require that the land uses benefits all citizens in our state in lower utility costs, additions public facilities and reduced air and water pollution.
    • Require that any new system create an environmental offset equal to or greater than the land they take. This can be done in two ways: One additional Parks, Public Lands, Trails, Access to Waterways, Etc. OR Two reduced carbon emissions through the elimination or older less efficient production facilities or the conversion to renewable or exponentially lower emission fuels.
  • CAFO`s and Agricultural Issues

    • Address and regulate CAFO`s like the "cities" that they are.
    • Develop regulations and controls to address the scale of effluent that these facilities produce.
    • Consider using CAFO`s as a model for new waste treatment like digestion and pasteurization.
    • Preserve the small farm in Wisconsin by encouraging sound environmental practices in a cost effective way.
    • Work with all farms, businesses, and communities to improve watersheds, runoff and source point pollution focusing on results rather that penalties or mandates.
  • Transit and Mass Transit

    • Improve our transit and shipping corridors like rail and interstate access to encourage Wisconsin to become an efficient  distribution hub for the Midwest.
    • Encourage communities to adopt new and more efficient mass transit systems.
    • Encourage the use of more efficient buses, trucks and vehicles in the state.
  • ECO Tourism

    • Explore ECO Tourism as an option to preserve our vast agricultural heritage and natural waterways and woodlands.
    • Allow ECO TIF financing to pair tourism development with land and watershed preservation.

Ken Notes: Just a few ideas, please feel free to pick and choose then share with those on both sides of the isle that will be making decisions.

We now have an opportunity to grab the pendulum in the middle and make a real long term difference in how we manage our resources and what kind of Wisconsin we leave to our grandchildren!

These are personal viewpoints shaped by your feedback. They are not the positions of my sponsors or partners.

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AgSTAR’s New Digester Project Development Handbook
Hot off the “press,” AgSTAR’s updated handbook is a comprehensive compilation of the latest knowledge in the industry on best practices for anaerobic digestion and biogas systems.

For 26 years, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) AgSTAR Program has been helping farmers and communities across the United States develop and implement anaerobic digestion (AD) biogas systems. These systems are critical to reduce methane emissions from manure management operations, while also providing other environmental and economic benefits. As a trusted partnership program, AgSTAR helps educate the public on best practices for designing, implementing and maintaining digester projects and brings together leading experts to discuss opportunities and challenges for advancing the biogas industry.

AgSTAR’s newest resource, the Anaerobic Digester Project Development Handbook, is a comprehensive compilation of the latest knowledge in the industry on best practices for AD/ biogas systems. The goal of the Handbook is to ensure long-term project success for AD biogas systems by providing background and a framework for AD project development.

Ken Notes:I would love to see Wisconsin become the leader in this technology! Every farmer and elected official in the state should download this.

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We may now need to build a coalition that is willing to lobby from a "greener" yet pro business perspective. Lots of HUGE issues: Sand Mining, CNG, LEED Alternatives, Focus On Energy, LED Lighting R&D, Cleaner Power Generation, Recycling, Power Lines, Electric Cars, Wind, Solar, Bio Fuels, Digestors, Green AG, Business Incentives...And of course the Greenest and Happiest of Holidays to you!

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