Thursday, October 22, 2009

Waukesha Diversion Application Cannot Be A Model Without DNR Rules

The Journal Sentinel says Waukesha's precedent-setting Great Lakes diversion application needs to be a standard-setting model.


And Waukesha says it will do just that.

You'd expect nothing less.

But the in-state arbiter, the Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources, deliberately dropped the ball by failing to write administrative rules to guide the application's construction, and public review procedures, to make sure a model application was created.

This is akin to having creating the Super Bowl, and approaching the the first game - - but making sure no rules were in place before kickoff.

Given the years that went into writing the eight-state, two-nation Compact, why wasn't rule-making on behalf of the public interest a DNR priority?

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