Monday, January 6, 2020

Stepp steps away from her 'environmental' work for Trump

1/8/20 update: Communication shared with this blog indicates that the replacement is Kurt Thiede. He was the office chief of staff and had been Stepp's Deputy when she was DNR Secretary, as I'd noted in 2018..

 Bloomberg media is reporting that Scott Walker's infamous deer slayer 
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 indicates that Kurt Thiede has been named Stepp's replacement. He was Stepp
and WI DNR 'chamber of commerce'-beholden DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp is abruptly leaving the second of two senior US EPA positions Trump gave her:
Administrator of EPA’s Midwestern Region Is Leaving Agency
The Bloomberg piece does say Stepp will be pursuing an opportunity in Missouri. Could be Branson as Branson and Stepp have made the news.

I'd collected in this post many of the low lights that Stepp brought to the DNR which Gov. Evers is trying to re-energize and rebuild.

Stepp did bring mockery and her signature corporate leanings to the US EPA, including; 

* Her fake nose caper.

* Her office's very troubling approval of mining permits which could threaten key Minnesota and Great Lakes forests and waters. 

Some of the issues in that matter are still being litigated.

Here is a good explanation of the issues.
Both mines would be located on the Iron Range in northeast Minnesota. The Twin Metals operation would be an underground mine on Birch Lake, just outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness near Ely. 
PolyMet’s NorthMet project would be an open-pit mine on Wetlands about 15 miles south of Twin Metals, on the site of an old taconite mine near Babbitt. It is in the headwaters of the St. Louis River, the largest tributary to Lake Superior, upstream from Duluth and the Fond du Lac reservation.


Anonymous said...

This Trumpista loser - and fawn slayer - needs to be humiliated and gone.

Katrina said...

It is possible that she made a killing on property she owned near FoxConn but I doubt it will be that easy to get rid of her.

Anonymous said...

Stepp always referred to Kurt Thiede as "My Kurt."