Thursday, November 3, 2016

Another blown deadline by Walker/Stepp WI DNR

Yesterday we learned that Scott Walker's 'chamber of commerce mentality' manged Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources missed a reporting deadline set by the Legislative Audit Bureau about waste water control and asked for an extension without providing a reason for the reporting failure.

The implication: tut-tut, busy-body regulators and elected officials. We'll tell you when we think you need to know. And enjoy your polluted downstream sludge-cum-drinking water.

Today we learned that the DNR will not meet a reporting deadline about its plan to control Chronic Wasting Disease that is decimating deer herds and jeopardizing the culturally-significant-and-economically-crucial deer season.
The DNR had been tasked by the Natural Resources Board to provide an update by the end of the year on the state's efforts to combat CWD, a fatal disease found in deer, elk and other cervids. 
The DNR did not provide the first five-year review, prompting the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and the NRB to request a report this year.
Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp proudly shows off her first deer, taken opening weekend last year. In the upcoming TV Special "Deer Hunt Wisconsin 2012, Stepp urges male hunters to take more girls and women hunting. "The secret's out," she says. "Hunting is a lot of fun, so don't keep it to yourselves."  photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR.
A hunting friend of mine wonders why the DNR hasn't been more  focused on this important task given all the deer license revenue flowing into the agency.

Is it because the agency is more beholden to the privately-run deer farms that have rising influence in Walker and Stepp's world?

Or is it, I suppose, that pesky details such as deadlines and follow-through on public policy for these allegedly sharp-as-a-tack private sector fawning practitioners   - - like the taxes not paid by their GOP Presidential candidate and new shiny toy Donald Trump - - are for the little people.

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