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    • July
      17
      2018
      Environmental Law Section Blog

      Changes in Metallic Mining Laws Effective July 1, 2018

      Mining for metals such as copper, lead, iron, and zinc has played a major role in the history and development of several regions of Wisconsin. Cheryl Widder Heilman discusses recent changes to Wisconsin’s nonferrous metallic mining laws in 2017 Wisconsin Act 134.

    • February
      14
      2018
      Environmental Law Section Blog

      Restoring Forests in Kenya Began with One Woman’s Dream

      A Kenyan biologist in the 1970s recognized the connection between environmental damage and poverty – and did something about it. Cynthia Hirsch talks about Wangari Maathai, the 2004 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, and the impact one woman can have on the wellbeing of her country.

    • January
      18
      2018
      Environmental Law Section Blog

      Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Mitigation is a Local Issue

      State and federal disaster planning and response is important, but local actions before and after the event can be the difference between a catastrophe and a close call. Michael Polich discusses federal and state rules for local emergency planning in Wisconsin.

    • December
      21
      2017
      Environmental Law Section Blog

      High Capacity, High Controversy: The Battle Over Wisconsin Wells Continues

      A recent Dane County Circuit Court ruling is the latest twist in the ongoing legal battle surrounding high capacity well permits. Leslie Freehill discusses the decision, which renews the debate over DNR’s regulatory authority and the significance of the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s 2011 Lake Beulah decision.

    • October
      31
      2017
      Environmental Law Section Blog

      Why Wetland Mitigation Banking Is So Costly

      While some may presume the costs reflect greedy wetland mitigation bank sponsors, Heidi Kennedy discusses the costs and risks behind wetland mitigation banking that influence the costs.

    • September
      21
      2017
      Environmental Law Section Blog

      DNR Updates Guidance for Vapor Intrusion Risk at Contaminated Sites

      The Department of Natural Resources recently proposed changes to existing guidance for assessing vapor intrusion risk at contaminated sites. Ted Warpinski and Andy Skwierawski outline the proposed updates and their effect on contaminated sites.

    • August
      24
      2017
      Environmental Law Section Blog

      Wisconsin Highway Projects Face Biennial Budget Impasse and Federal Lawsuits

      Wisconsin’s biennial budget, now nearly two months past due, is delayed over transportation issues. Dennis Grzezinski discusses how federal lawsuits involving Wisconsin highway projects may raise questions about the state's management of transportation issues.

    • July
      18
      2017
      Environmental Law Section Blog

      The Dirt on PAHs: New DNR Guidance Proposed for Assessing Soil Contamination

      The Department of Natural Resources recently proposed new guidance for assessing residual contamination levels in soils. The proposed guidance offers an alternative method for assessing seven cPAH compounds using a cumulative risk approach, say Cheryl Heilman and Ned Witte.

    • June
      20
      2017
      Environmental Law Section Blog

      Implementing Wisconsin’s New Multi-Discharger Variance for Phosphorus

      The Department of Natural Resource’s newly approved multi-discharger variance for phosphorus provides another option for municipal publicly owned treatment plants and other point source dischargers. Vanessa D. Wishart outlines the new policy and its implementation.

    • June
      06
      2017
      Environmental Law Section Blog

      Wisconsin Assembly Ponders Significant Changes to Chapter 88 Drainage Legislation

      The Wisconsin State Assembly has introduced legislation to amend or eliminate numerous sections of Chapter 88 and related statutes, providing the biggest updates to the drainage statutes in decades. The bill proposed by the Wisconsin State Assembly affects a wide range of areas from farming to conservation, say John Mitby and Elizabeth Spencer.

    • April
      20
      2017
      Environmental Law Section Blog

      Earth Day Reflections on Wisconsin’s Conservation History

      In light of recent calls for changes in environmental law and in honor of Earth Day 2017, Tressie Kamp reflects on unique components of Wisconsin’s conservation history and its impact on the practice of environmental law.

    • April
      19
      2017
      Environmental Law Section Blog

      Welcome to the Environmental Law Section Blog

      The Environmental Law Section welcomes you to its new blog, featuring monthly posts designed to deliver the latest news, practical advice, and valuable resources for environmental practitioners.

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