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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.

True Cost of Sand

Citizens ask the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board to direct the Department of Natural Resources to conduct a strategic analysis of frac sand mining in Wisconsin.

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Appleton Coated water pollution permit challenge

Clean Water Action Council challenges pollution permit with a request for judicial review.

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Livestock Facility Siting Law

The livestock siting law took away local power to regulate CAFOs. Without effective state regulation of industrial farms, the burden of litigating for law enforcement is passed on to citizens.

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Kinnard Farms CAFO expansion water pollution permit challenge

Citizens of the Town of Lincoln, Kewaunee County are concerned that the Kinnard Farms Inc. plan to manage 70 million gallons of untreated animal waste doesn’t protect groundwater from contamination.

Fairmount Minerals frac sand mining air pollution permit challenge

Residents of Arcadia, WI are challenging FML Sand, LLC's frac sand company’s air pollution permit in order to protect air quality and their community’s health from silica dust.

Citizens challenge DNR’s air permit for Preferred Sands, LLC

Trempealeau County, WI is ground zero for frac sand mining in the state. Citizens who are impacted by blowing silica dust are challenging the air pollution control permit issued to Preferred Sands.

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