Friday, May 4, 2018

Judge voids wetland-killing permit WI Assembly tried to fast-track

Remember the GOP-led WI Assembly's quiet, 11th-hour efforts to legislately hand a Georgia sand mining firm a permit to fill a rare Wisconsin, timber-filled wetland?

Remember the former staffers at Walker's 'chamber of commerce mentality' DNR who testified, more or less, that the project's permitting process had been commandeered at the agency internally by senior, political appointees? 

Yeah, that permit for this project.
The DNR approved plans by the company [Meteor] to destroy 16.25 acres of wetlands, including 13.37 acres of white pine and red maple swamp. A white pine, red maple swamp is considered imperiled by the DNR because there are few remaining sites in Wisconsin.
Meteor's plans would be the largest wetlands loss from the sand industry in a decade, according to the DNR. 
Well, a judge just invalidated the permit. Big win for the people, wetlands,
coastal wetlandthe Wisconsin Constitution's Public Trust Doctrine, the integrity of state conservation stewardship and common sense..


Anonymous said...

Do I smell a special legislative session in the air?

Anonymous said...

WOW! This is a huge win for ALL Wisconsin. I can't wait to spread the good news! Now we have to hope something positive will happen to derail the Kohler project.

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a HUGE victory for the environment. Now we can hope something like this will prevent the Kohler project from going forth.