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Action Alert: Pledge Your Support for the Great Lakes Compact!

Feb 05, 2019

Pledging your public support for the core principles of the Great Lakes Compact sends a message to policy makers and elected officials that you take seriously your responsibility to protect our shared natural resources, and you expect them to do the same.





Clean Water Groups Intervene in Dairy Business Lawsuit

Oct 03, 2017

Groups seek to prevent the roll back of agricultural pollution rules.

What you can do to support the protection of clean water and the Petition for Corrective Action

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.

Why Water Crises in Toledo and the Gulf Matter to the Upper Midwest

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.

DNR grants early permit for exploratory drilling in the Penokee Hills

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.

Citizens Still Have the Power of the Law to Defend Natural Resources in the Courts

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.

MEA letter to WI State Assembly on mining legislation

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.

MEA reaction to Senate passage of mining deregulation bill

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.

The Real Truth about Iron Mining Legislation: Deconstructing Misleading Information from WMC

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.

Mining Legislation Will Threaten Wisconsin’s Public Health and Environment

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.