Thursday, March 15, 2018

WI pollution approvals, comment deadlines loom

A few reminders about key Wisconsin pollution issues and their deadlines:

*  The deadline for responding to the proposed approval diversion of Lake Michigan water to the Foxconn project - - which would also greenlight the return of about 60% of the daily diversion as treated wastewater - -  is March 21st. 

The application process - - from comment receipt to final review  - - is run by the DNR which Walker intentionally has redefined with his 'chamber of commerce mentality' ideology. A March 21st comment deadline has been established.

Here's how to send in your comment:

Hard copy comments can be sent to: 

DNR Drinking Water and Groundwater Program DG/5 Attn: Adam Freihoefer  PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921.
* You may remember that a special provision was added by a GOP legislator as the State Assembly adjourned last month to bypass a judicial hearing already scheduled so that a sand mining operation could more easily fill a substantial wetland and bulldoze a rare stand of trees in Monroe County.

The bill then went to the State Senate, and to a committee chaired by GOP Sen. Robert Cowles - - who said he had no intention of scheduling it for a vote which could pass it on to the floor for final approval, but also noted that there were other ways the plan could bypass him. 

I made sure to call Cowles' office to thank him for his position, and you can do the same. 1-608-266-0484, or toll-free, 1-800-334-1465.

*  The DNR on a webpage lists all site and comment deadline information about pending applications for new or continuing waste discharge permits sought by municipalities, corporations and industrial-scale animal feeding operations, (CAFOs). Here is the website and details of recent postings so you can get an idea of what's being sought, by whom and how you can weigh in:

PermitteePermit No.CountyNotice Publication DatePermit ActionPermit DraftVariance
Rib Lake, VillageWI0029017-10TaylorMarch 15reissuance/
Bell Sanitary District No.1WI0061336-7BayfieldMarch 15reissuance232KB352KB
Clover Sanitary DistrictWI0032069-7BayfieldMarch 15reissuance221KB641KB
Fifield Sanitary District No.1WI0060593-10PriceMarch 15reissuance235KB220KB
Eau Claire, CityWI0023850-9Eau ClaireMarch 15reissuance293KB216KB
Colonial House Laundromat LLCWI0056006-8OneidaMarch 14reissuance193KB275KB
Wisconsin Rapids, CityWI0025844-9WoodMarch 13reissuance/
Milltown, VillageWI0024741-10PolkMarch 13reissuance257KB146KB
Reedsburg, CityWI0020371-9SaukMarch 8reissuance/
Minong, VillageWI0035939-10WashburnMarch 8reissuance250KB879KB
Squires Farm Inc.WI0066192-1DunnFebruary 28issuance298KB148KB
Murph Ko Farms Inc.WI0062740-3Fond du LacFebruary 28reissuance298KB227KB
Zinke Dairy Farms LLCWI0066079-1Fond du LacFebruary 27issuance310KB143KB
Packaging Corporation of AmericaWI0002810-9LincolnFebruary 27reissuance/
Sharon, VillageWI0022608-9-1WalworthFebruary 23modification306KB208KB
Allenton Sanitary DistrictWI0028053-9-1WashingtonFebruary 23modification287KB192KB
Kimberly Clark Corp., MarinetteWI0000540-9MarinetteFebruary 23reissuance254KB388KB
Fremont Orihula Wolf River Joint Sewage CommissionWI0026158-9WaupacaFebruary 22reissuance254KB191KB
Silver Lake Sanitary DistrictWI0061301-6WausharaFebruary 22reissuance291KB264KB
Forest Junction Sanitary DistrictWI0032123-8CalumetFebruary 22reissuance263KB431KB
Sherwood, VillageWI0031127-9CalumetFebruary 21reissuance291KB399KB
WI DOC Kettle MoraineWI0060721-8SheboyganFebruary 21reissuance275KB747KB
FibrekWI0064921-2MarinetteFebruary 20reissuance227KB221KB
Central Sands Dairy LLCWI0063533-3JuneauFebruary 19reissuance/

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