Dec 10, 2015
A lot of people in Wisconsin are asking us how they can sign onto the Petition for Corrective Action. The Petition is already in the hands of the EPA, but there are still things you can do to help.
Aug 07, 2014
Toledo's water is back on. But citizen concerns about whether we have green water or clean water could be eliminated due to a pending decision by Wisconsin's Natural Resources Board.
May 31, 2013
In this area, there is water everywhere and the ecosystem needs stronger protections from core or bulk sampling and the devastation an open-pit mine would bring. Our reaction to today's news.
Mar 11, 2013
Midwest Environmental Advocates will support the people of Bad River in whatever way we can to work through the courts to address the continued environmental concerns with this law before significant damage is done to an internationally important natural area. Despite hopeful promises by legislators who are satisfied with the mining deregulation bill Governor Walker signed into law today, there is still not a clear path to an open-pit mine in the Penokee Hills. This fight has just begun and the numbers of people standing together to protect the rights of future generations grows every single day.
Mar 07, 2013
Today, the Assembly faces a final vote on a bill that exempts a mining company from critical environmental protections. Assembly Bill 1 would prohibit the WDNR from stepping in to stop activities they found to be dangerous to public health and the environment. Current law would allow the WDNR to take immediate action to stop activities related to the largest proposed open-pit iron mine in the nation. Further, the size and scope of a proposed mine in the Penokee Range demands an autonomous and science-based review of the impact a mine would have on the landscape and on the water. Unfortunately AB 1 puts an unreasonable limit to what this science costs. From the beginning, legislators have steered a broken process in a rush toward a finish line where the people lose.
Feb 27, 2013
The vote in the Senate today marks two years of state lawmakers ignoring the majority of their constituents who are opposed to environmental roll backs, in order to push through a bad bill written largely by an out-of-state company to exempt themselves from our state’s environmental protections.
Feb 25, 2013
Midwest Environmental Advocates and the Sierra Club have conducted a review of a Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) “Questions and Answers” handout called “The Truth about Iron Mining Legislation." Our review of the non-partisan Wisconsin Legislative Council memo of February 1, 2013 to Senator Tom Tiffany and Representative Scott Suder and the language in AB 1/SB 1 as amended on February 6, 2013, makes it crystal clear that the bill reduces environmental protections for iron mining. Virtually every claim made by WMC to support the bill is false, misleading or both.
Jan 16, 2013
The proposed open pit mine would be in one of the most pristine watersheds in the world thanks to conservation work of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa who have lived there for hundreds of years. This would be the biggest iron mine in the country; one would think a project of that scale would receive the highest standard of scientific review with full opportunities for citizens to participation as opposed to a warmed-up version of the G-Tac wish list from last session.
Jan 04, 2013
If you have collected water quality samples for your favorite rivers, streams or lakes, the DNR asks you to submit it for consideration in their evaluation of the state's waters. Click on "read full story" to link to the DNR's website.