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”Friend of the Court” Brief in Clean Wisconsin v. DNR

Midwest Environmental Advocates supports Clean Wisconsin’s high-capacity well challenge in defense of waters protected by the Public Trust Doctrine of Wisconsin’s Constitution.

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Meteor Timber wetlands fill and frac sand facility

Meteor Timber, LLC seeks approval from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to destroy an unprecedented amount—16.25 acres—of pristine forested wetlands for a proposed industrial sand facility.

Petition to EPA to object to Wisconsin Proppants, LLC air permit

Jackson County, WI mining operation air pollution permit proposed without Clean Air Act compliance regarding estimating, monitoring or controlling fine particulate matter (PM2.5).

Petition to EPA to object to Superior Silica Sands air permit

Barron County, WI mining operation air pollution permit approved without Clean Air Act compliance regarding estimating, monitoring or controlling fine particulate matter (PM2.5).

Department of Natural Resources Open Records Complaint

Complaint demonstrates how the state agency violated state open records laws by unreasonably delaying DNR responses to MEA open records requests and brings to light an emerging pattern of delayed open records response to interested citizens, non-profit groups, and the media.

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Petition for Corrective Action to the EPA

Sixteen petitioners ask the EPA for help to bring Wisconsin into compliance with the Clean Water Act.

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Proposed Reicks View (Badgerwood) Swine CAFO

Bayfield County residents are working to make sure citizens and lawmakers understand the economic, environmental, and public health implications of CAFOs. If permitted, this would be the largest swine CAFO in Wisconsin and would be sited near Lake Superior.

Protecting Sturgeon Bay’s West Waterfront

A proposed hotel development would put Public Trust land in private hands and limit public access to Lake Michigan’s shoreline.

BNSF rail expansion permit challenge

Without an environmental impact statement, petitioners say the DNR’s process to approve a permit to fill wetlands and expand rail lines carrying crude oil violated the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act.

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Safe Drinking Water Act Petition to EPA

Kewaunee County citizens formally request federal action on groundwater contamination problems for people who live near the state's highest concentration of industrial livestock facilities.