The AP and Wausau Daily Herald bring us another Happy Earth Day story from Wisconsin:
...Wisconsin is not fully enforcing strict phosphorus limits adopted two years ago to reduce algae blooms that make people sick.The DNR says it's working as hard as it can, but remember that Walker has been obstructing the implementation of the rule for more than a year.
The Wausau Daily Herald says that's despite the Department of Natural Resources secretary's alarm at foul conditions in at least one lake last summer.
The Wisconsin Legislature approved the limits in 2010 They're aimed at wastewater treatment plants, paper mills and factories - which are required to reapply for permits at five-year intervals.
But as of last week, only 19 permits with stricter limits had been issued since September 2010. The DNR still is evaluating applications from over 350 facilities, while hundreds more must apply in the coming years.
And it looks like the DNR is simply acting as if the two-year enforcement delay it wanted last year is the de facto policy.
Anyone seeing the pattern in Walker's environmental 'program'?