They could face fines of $10,000 and up to six years in jail.
For more than 60 years, one section of Enbridge’s elaborate network of
pipelines carrying petroleum across Canada has taken a detour through
the Bad River Reservation in northern Wisconsin.
Some of the easements that allowed Enbridge to keep its Line 5
pipeline on the tribe’s land expired in 2013, and negotiations between
Enbridge and the tribe to renew the leases fell through. Yet Line 5 is
still funneling Enbridge’s petroleum across the Bad River Reservation.
The tribe says Enbridge is trespassing, and has sued the company to kick it off their property.
If a bill awaiting Wisconsin’s Democrat Governor Tony Evers’
signature becomes law, members of the tribe protesting Enbridge’s
operations on their reservation could face fines of $10,000 and up to
six years in jail...
Ken Notes: This is becoming more complex. This is tribal land so a Wisconsin law dealing with what the Tribe members can do on their land could put us in the court system for years. This law would also increase pressure for the tribes to ask Enbridge to move the pipeline. This law was not well thought out and is not even in line with the federal recommendation. The governor has a difficult decision to make here, his phone is 608-266-1212.
Why the state has commissioned not just one, but two panels to examine the risks posed by the ubiquitous chemical
been a part of life for decades, used for everything from waterproofing
clothing to making foam for fighting airplane and industrial fires.
for most of that time, the class of chemicals known as PFAS escaped
detection as potentially hazardous to human health. And not until the
last five years or so have Wisconsin regulators begun to understand how
widespread potential contamination from PFAS chemicals might be.
stands for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a class of
manufactured chemicals that date back as far as the 1940s. There are
anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 different compounds. And there’s still not
much known about them, except for several health hazards attributed to
learning here as we go,” Darsi Foss, administrator of the environmental
management division at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources,
told the Wisconsin Examiner...
Ken Notes: We know it is there, what we don`t know is how to get rid of it. What we need to know is how can we affordable do this when we are way ahead of the federal government where funding will eventually come from. I get very nervous when I see companies mentioned in articles that have not clearly defined the scope of the problem.
SCS - At the forefront of sustainable environmental solutions for over 40 years
Nearly a year into divided
government in Wisconsin, many lobbyists and Capitol observers say
they’ve adjusted to the new reality: things are moving slower and less
is getting done.
a decade of one-party control of the state Legislature and governor’s
office, a new Democratic face in the East Wing — coupled with
Republicans holding onto their legislative majorities — has brought a
change of pace to the state and its legislative process
Split government isn’t unusual
in Wisconsin. Before the 2009-10 session when former Gov. Jim Doyle had
Democratic majorities in both houses, the state was mostly governed
under divided control since at least the late 1980s. Still, lobbyists largely agree the current state of affairs differs from recent history...
Ken Notes: Split government should not slow things down it should cause compromise -- It is not working out that way. Both sides are waiting for yet another election cycle to change the numbers. We have become too polarized in Wisconsin not to mention Nationally.
The problem with this is that we are actually in a position to do great things. Renewable energy is now cheaper that coal, we could work with China who is leading the charge to electric vehicles for everyone, we have the opportunity to become energy independent, we can affordably clean up much of environment, we can build new affordable energy efficient housing, we can improve our dairy, and farming industries, and so much more.
All this is right in front of us and yet we find things to keep us apart -- fighting and pointing fingers...
BLOOMER, Wis. — Marc Boettcher’s day started
before dawn, when he fired up the hammer mill that ground up corn for a
mixture he fed to the steers in his barn.
There was an empty room where he
used to milk dairy cows until he sold them a couple of years back, but
on a cold morning this summer, much of the barn was full of cattle —
curious, anxious, and endearingly weird — who jostled one another to get
a look at him. One left him a gift of manure in the drinking trough.
Another managed to climb into the manger and stayed there, blinking,
like that was the perfect spot... ...more
Ken Notes: We have countries like China begging for protein and yet we can not get milk prices high enough to sustain small farms. This is wrong. Make the trade wars about buying our dairy an recyclables in exchange for a market for your electronics and other consumer goods...
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.
FOND DU LAC - Efforts to clean up a
contaminated property — known as the former Quicfrez site, along the
east branch of the Fond du Lac River — will cost more than $1 million.
remedial action report developed by OMNNI Associates out of Appleton,
under contract with the Department of Natural Resources, recommends
removal of contaminated materials — soil, groundwater, sediment, gravel,
boulders, sheet piling — to approximately 8 feet below ground surface
on the 6-acre parcel.
High concentrations of diesel
fuel, other petroleum-based products and heavy metals like lead,
arsenic and chromium contaminated the property on which refrigerator
manufacturing and storage took place for decades, beginning in 1916. The
DNR said the chemicals seeped 40 to 50 feet underground and into the
Ken Notes: Cleanup is difficult and expensive but in most cases needs to be done. Again an opportunity for bipartisan legislative support to seek cost effective solutions with measurable outcomes. I would go one step further, tie some of the profits for the companies doing the work to a successful out come.
When asked as a kid, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" I
intuited there were only two possible answers: Get rich or help people.
It was assumed you couldn`t do both. Fast-forward four decades to last
fall when my daughter started college. As she weighed her career options
in earnest, I heard myself asking her, "How important to you is making
The rise in socially conscious companies?—?particularly benefit
corporations and Certified B Corporations, or B Corps?—?has me hoping
Benefit corporations, legal in Wisconsin since
2018, are essentially for-profit businesses with do-good missions baked
into their bylaws. B Corps, which predate the legislation, are
different. They undergo a rigorous, third-party certification
process?—?think organic or Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design, known as LEED?—?that`s open to all types of businesses. And
while certified B Corps require a bigger time investment and annual fee,
the return on investment may be worth the altruistic branding alone... ...more
Ken Notes: Good read!
McMAHON provides full-service engineering and architectural services to public and private-sector clients. We are driven by a service-oriented philosophy to achieve client satisfaction on every project. ...more
MILWAUKEE — Earlier this year,
Foxconn launched the Year Two Smart Cities–Smart Futures competition, in
which individuals and teams representing higher education in Wisconsin
compete for financial awards, technical support and in-kind
ideas submitted for the competition will help improve and enhance living
and working environments, manufacturing facilities and processes,
promote attractive streetscapes, transportation network and living
spaces, and encourage sustainability.
past week, Foxconn announced it has narrowed the list of finalists down
to 25, although the company did not publicly release the identity of
Technology, Regulatory Uncertainty and Investments Play A Role
Major utilities serving Wisconsin are moving forward with plans to
increase solar and wind projects as they’ve set goals to drastically
reduce carbon emissions over the next several decades. But some are
making the transition to renewable energy faster than others.
Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy was the first major utility to announce
its commitment to transition to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by
2050. Madison-based Alliant Energy and Milwaukee-based WEC Energy Group,
which owns We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service, have both pledged
to cut carbon emissions 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050.
The transition to renewable energy is being driven by declining costs, customer and investor demand and anticipated policy changes on carbon emissions.
Ken Notes: Must read! We need to help facilitate this change by working together with power companies to decommission their coal operations and bring more renewables online...
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...
The number of people working in the
federal environmental agency’s Chicago region has hit an all-time low.
So has the number of inspections — down 60% since the president took
Ken Notes: Interesting story, but I will bet that there is another side to it. Our environment should not be a political football it should be an issue we work on together.
Miron specializes in providing innovative pre-construction, construction management, design-build, general construction and industrial services.
Climate Action Plan to mitigate issues caused by climate change.
Chancellor Rebecca Blank announced
that the University of Wisconsin would be signing the Resilience
Commitment administered by Massachusetts-based nonprofit, Second Nature, at the Climate Fast Forward Conference last Friday.
UW Director of Sustainability Missy
Nergard, said Second Nature has three commitments: a climate commitment,
a carbon commitment and the resilience commitment. Nergard said the
resilience commitment focuses on creating long term solutions to the
problems caused by climate change...
Climate change deniers and
environmental scofflaws be forewarned, Tiffany Clark is coming after
you. And she plans to do so with the same ferocity she brings to hunting
down digs for the University of Wisconsin volleyball team.
immediate priority is to help the No. 7 Badgers (17-5, 13-1 Big Ten)
realize their lofty aspirations this season, beginning with Thursday
night’s showdown with No. 5 Minnesota (19-3, 13-1) in a battle for first
place in the conference.
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.
Ken Notes: you had me at Mustang... Hyundai Not available in Wisconsin!!
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An agenda for the new administration...
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.
- 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.
- 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!
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