This Weeks Articles...
Evers Wants Nearly $70M in Bonding to Address Water Quality
Comment Period Extended
Wisconsin Army Guard Earns Environmental Award
Your Questions About Plastic Waste, Answered
Wisconsin utilities and environmental groups unite behind solar, but regulators question value
Solar proposal splits farmers, clean energy fans
Study: Transition to renewable energy could create 162,000 jobs in Wisconsin
SWANA Honors Michelle Leonard of SCS Engineers with the Sustainable Materials Management Technical Division Distinguished Achievement Award
U.S. Energy News
Manufacturing Matters! 2019 adds focus on Sustainability
Sheboygan among Wisconsin cities to ban pavement sealant containing dangerous chemicals
Can Brazilian tailings dam disaster happen here?
UW-Stevens Point seeks to offer three-year degrees...
Gov. Tony Evers wants to let environmental officials borrow nearly $70 million more over the next two years to address groundwater contamination.
Gov. Tony Evers will call for allowing state environmental and agricultural officials to borrow nearly $70 million more over the next two years to combat water pollution and replace lead pipes in his first state budget, following through on his pledge to attack drinking water contamination during his first year in office....
Ken Notes: NUMBER 6: The county should be proactive rather than reactive by requiring CAFO`s digest waste and heat/dry the effluent. Crave Farms has a model that works. If we allow large herds to replace family farms we are inviting watershed and well problems without forward thinking solutions. Share this comment with your county rep. or exec. and suggest someone take charge.
Re the lead pipes, many communities have worked this into their long range planning and EVERY community should now do so. It took us 100 years to get here so an overnight fix will not work. Also in the meantime DO NOT CHANGE your water treatment systems at all. It is these changes that expose the lead in the system.
Public comment period extended for controversial Iowa-Wisconsin energy transmission line...
The public comment period for a proposed energy transmission line that would stretch from Dane County, Wis., to Dubuque County has been extended due to the government shutdown...... Comments now will be accepted on plans for the Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line through April 1. Comments can be emailed to comments@CardinalHickoryCreekEIS.us or mailed to SWCA Environmental Consultants, Attn: Cardinal-Hickory Creek EIS, 80 Emerson Lane, Suite 1306, Bridgeville, PA 15017....
Ken Notes: Take a second to weigh in on this. I suggest we ask for conservancy land, trails, recreational amenities, and a look at solar along the route....
SCS - At the forefront of sustainable environmental solutions for over 40 years
The Wisconsin Army National Guard’s maintenance shops were named among the best in the nation in the 2018 Army National Guard Environmental Awards Program.
The Wisconsin Army National Guard finished third in the Industrial Installation Environmental Quality category. Its industrial installation includes 10 field-maintenance shops, two Army aviation support facilities, a combined support maintenance site and a maneuver area training equipment site. According to Fred Gallatin, the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s environmental branch chief, the award recognizes successful efforts to protect human health regarding environmental planning, waste management, and compliance with environmental laws and regulations while maintaining thousands of critical vehicles and equipment for 99 Wisconsin Army National Guard units across the state. These efforts include upgrading or making plans to replace fuel storage tanks, and assessing wastewater discharge and air emissions compliance at the maintenance sites.
As proof of the effectiveness of the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s environmental quality program, the 14 maintenance facilities have had no compliance violations for the past decade....more
In January, we published a special report called "A New Weapon In The War Against Plastic Waste." It profiled Froilan Grate, a Filipino environmental activist, and his efforts to fight the non-recyclable plastic waste that is clogging miles and miles of coastline in the Philippines.
Grate argues that the corporations that produce the waste should be responsible for cleaning it up. And one way he`s getting the brands` attention is by naming and shaming the companies.......more
Ken Notes: This is a great article and identifies many of the problems we face. One major issue is that China is no longer taking our waste plastic which is a huge issue. We may need to develop plants to process the recycled plastic into pellets and ship that to China (this is happening with paper now) but these plants produce co2 and other pollutants and need to run on very thin margins.
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Regulators and consumer advocates are questioning the value of Wisconsin’s first large-scale solar project, while environmental groups are lining up in support of the investor-owned utilities as they embrace renewable energy.
Madison Gas & Electric and Wisconsin Public Service Corp. have jointly proposed to buy 300 megawatts’ worth of solar panels at two projects under development along Lake Michigan and in rural southwestern Wisconsin......more
Bob Bishop, a 61-year-old farmer living in dairy country in southwestern Wisconsin, plans to soon stop raising dairy cows because the industry is in trouble.
In 2018, Wisconsin lost 638 dairy farms because of falling milk prices. And the Bishops, who farm in Iowa County, still carry debt from when hog prices tanked in the 1990s.
Yet a rare opportunity has come the Bishops’ way. For at least a generation, the family would receive double or more the market rental rate on about 650 acres to be used for a giant solar power project. The Badger Hollow Solar Farm would be the largest such project in the Midwest.......more
Ken Notes: I prefer solar over something other than land, but the size of this project requires far more that buildings and infrastructure provide. I want the discussion to continue because this project has at least two sides....
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...
Moving away from fossil fuels could create thousands of jobs, improve public health, and increase overall economic activity by nearly $14 billion in Wisconsin, according to a new study.
Despite providing the frac sand used to extract oil and natural gas, Wisconsin has no significant fossil fuel deposits to exploit and generates three-quarters of its electricity with coal and natural gas, leaving it with one of the largest “energy deficits” in the country...
The Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) Distinguished Individual Achievement Award (DIAA) recognizes success on behalf of individual members for service to their Technical Division and clients for long-term achievements in the solid waste industry.
Michelle Leonard leads Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) at SCS Engineers. Leonard is well-known in the solid waste industry for her guidance helping businesses, educational institutions, and municipalities successfully turn to SMM as a systemic approach to using and reusing materials more productively over their entire life cycles. The methods find new opportunities to reduce environmental impacts, conserve resources and reduce costs.
Leonard was nominated for the award by Kim Braun, the Environmental Programs & Operations Manager at the Culver City Public Works in California, for her many accomplishments in the last eight years helping California meet some of the most stringent standards in the nation, with tact and innovation.
Ken Notes: Solid waste is the most hidden issue in environmental science. As the worlds population grows what we do with our waste becomes a huge issue. The US could help the rest of the world here but it is not often addressed.
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.
TRANSPORTATION: The Green New Deal aspires to build out high-speed rail...
TransCanada says its Keystone pipeline was likely the source of an oil spill...
Minnesota emergency managers worry about an increase in oil shipments by rail as Canadian supply exceeds pipeline capacity...
ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The director of Colorado’s energy office says the state could be reaching a major tipping point on electric vehicles...
WIND: Demand for wind turbine technicians will more than double by 2026, making it the fastest-growing job in Texas, government data projects...
SOLAR: Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act provides funding for solar jobs training at community colleges and in low-income communities...
And much more...
Ken Notes: Some ideas and concerns for the state...
Manufacturers are increasing their focus on sustainability as they realize that there is a strong business case that comes with the commitment. A primary contributor, from a financial perspective, is from improved resource utilization, which boosts overall productivity and profitability......more
Ken Notes: Great article!!!
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SHEBOYGAN - The Sheboygan Common Council voted Monday to ban the sale and use of coal-tar sealant products in the city, following a trend in communities throughout Wisconsin.
These sealants are sprayed or painted on asphalt pavement in parking lots, driveways, and playgrounds to improve appearance and protect the asphalt.
Studies show hazardous chemicals from coal-tar sealants make their way into nearby homes and water sources. Studies mostly examining the effects of inhalation of those chemicals show exposure is linked to increased risk for several cancer types including lung, skin, bladder, respiratory and urinary tract.......more
Ken Notes: I would love to see a county require Pervious concrete (also called porous concrete, permeable concrete. It is tough to use in Wisconsin because of our freeze thaw cycle, but research could fix this...
The recent collapse of a mine tailings dam in southeastern Brazil has already resulted in 134 fatalities, leaving an estimated 300 people still missing, according to rescue workers....
...Tailings dams are some of the largest human-made structures on earth....
....This failed upstream dam construction method is now being proposed for Aquila’s tailings dam at the Back Forty project next to the Menominee River which eventually drains into Lake Michigan, providing drinking water to millions in the Upper Midwest....
STEVENS POINT - The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Friday proposed offering three-year degrees with a year-round class schedule and ramping up majors including fish farming as a way to attract more students and help plug a gaping budget deficit.
Chancellor Bernie Patterson presented UW-Stevens Point’s request to the UW System Board of Regents, according to a university statement.
“UW-Stevens Point’s vision for a new regional university aligns perfectly with the UW System capacity building initiative,” Patterson said.......more
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