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Panel on Septic Spreading and Health Hazards

Paul Sterk at Septic Spreading Panel

Septic Spreading on Fields - what are the health hazards

March 3, 2019

The League of Women Voters of the Greater Chippewa Valley held a panel discussion on Feb. 28 on the health dangers of septage spreading on fields. The panel was moderated by Mark Leach, local ecologist. Panel members included Lindsay Olson, Dunn County Water Specialist, Paul Sterk, Waste Water Supervisor for Menomonie, Bob Colson, Planning and Zoning Manager for Dunn County, and Neil Koch, Retired Hydrologist. 

Putting the Conn back in Foxconn

Foxconn Logo
January 30, 2019

In a morning, Louis Woo, special assistant to Foxconn Chief Executive Terry Gou suggested that plans for Foxconn manufacturing in Wisconsin may be scaled back again, and may in fact not include any manufacturing at all.

Why The Invasive Longhorned Tick Has Potential To Reach Wisconsin

longhorn tick
January 23, 2019

An invasive tick species is swiftly making its way across the United States, the first to do so in about 50 years, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report issued in September 2018.

WISCONSIN 2018 MIDTERM ELECTION CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE

October 13, 2018

Hi-Crush will not be fined by DNR for May sludge release

Hi-Crush Spill photo
October 4, 2018

The Wisconsin DNR will not fine Hi-Crush Proppants for the May spill of mining sludge that polluted area property and flowed into the Trempealeau River. The DNR will not levy the fine because state law allows WPDES permits to be violated in the case of an emergency (and in this case the side of the pond was breached to save the life of an operator who had fallen into the pond). 

Eau Claire County Board Approves CAFO Moratorium

October 3, 2018

Tuesday night the Eau Claire County Board approved the CAFO moratorium ordinance that has been drifting through various committees for the last few months. The original moratorium proposal had been passed through the Planning and Development Committee previously but had failed to pass through the Land Conservation Committee by a 6-2 vote. 

How Two Wisconsin Cities Want To Transform Their Energy Use

October 3, 2018

Climate change and the environmental unsustainability of fossil fuels pose problems of global magnitude. But local communities across the United States and around the planet see these challenges as a chance to take the lead, tackling carbon emissions and energy usage at the municipal level to make short-term strides amid pushes for longer-term transformation.

Ted Auch speaks at Wisconsin Grassroots Festival in Eau Claire

Ted Auch Speaks about Frac Sand Mining at Wisconsin Grassroots Festival in Eau Claire

October 1, 2018

Dr. Ted Auch spoke at the Eau Claire Grassroots Festival about the current status of fracking, frac sand mining in Wisconsin, and what we can expect in the future. The slide deck from his talk is attached to this article. Please note that the audio quality is sketchy as there was a fairly loud presentation going on in the next room, and the room dividers in this building are not great for sound isolation. 

Newly-Formed Covia closing sand mines, reducing production in Menomonie

September 28, 2018

Fairmont Santrol and Unimin merged in June to form a new company called Covia. Today Covia announced that they are reducing their frac sand production from 36 million tons per year to 32 million tons. This is primarily because many production companies are postponing fracking wells while waiting for more pipeline infrastructure. 

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