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Still little information from Hi-Crush incident yesterday

Field Spillage

The spill from the pond at Hi-Crush yesterday is currently moving down the Trempealeau River toward the MIssissippi and is reportedly still visible. 

I spoke with Andrew Savagian at the DNR office in Madison this afternoon about the spill. The processing water from the pond was apparently very thick, which explains the need to drain the pond at Hi-Crush (since the driver of the bulldozer could not be found underwater) and perhaps why the spill is not disappearing as it flows down the...

Unknown Environmental Damage from Hi-Crush incident today

Hi Crush Spill

An incident at the Hi-Crush Frac Sand Facility in Whitehall today was widely covered in state news. A bulldozer and its operator fell into a pond at the site, and needed to be rescued by rescue teams from multiple organizations and companies. The buldozer...

AFJ: Ruling in Epic Systems v. Lewis Strikes Major Blow to Workers’ Rights

Contact: Megan Simons, [email protected]
(202) 464-7361

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 21 - Following today’s Supreme Court decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis, holding that employers can enforce arbitration agreements that forbid workers from banding together in class action...

Farmers Union reponds to failed farm bill vote

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. — The House version of the 2018 Farm Bill failed on the House floor today by a vote of 198 to 213. Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU) opposed the bill as it was presented and stressed the need for a more partisan approach in the next draft.

WFU President Darin Von Ruden issued the following statement in response to the vote:

“A lot is at stake in this farm bill – farmers across the country are facing depressed...

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF WISCONSIN RELEASES ELECTION OBSERVATION REPORT

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Date of Release or Mention: 
Thursday, May 17, 2018
 

For Immediate Release  May 17, 2018    

Press Contact  Erin Grunze, Executive Director

608-256-0827, [email protected]...

LCV - Same Day Voter registration needs to be protected

Over the weekend, it was reported that at the Wisconsin Republican State Convention passed a

resolution   to abolish same day (Election Day) voter registration among other restrictive proposals

targeting students and other   eligible voters.  The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin opposes any such proposals that would eliminate same day voter registration. 

“Eliminating same day registration is reckless and costly.  It does nothing to protect the integrity of our

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Wisconsin GOP declares further war on voters

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During their 2018 convention, Wisconsin Republicans signaled their continued attempt to suppress voting in the state. A resolution was passed at the convention calling for an end to same day voter registration (requiring registration at least 10 days before the election) and requiring that students vote in their home jurisdiction rather than their "temporary" college  address.

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J Street: Trump's abandonment of Iran deal is assault on international peace & security

This is not strictly-speaking Wisconsin news, but all of us in WIsconsin will have to live with the outcome.

For Immediate Release: May 8, 2018

Contact: Josh Glasstetter at [email protected] or 1-202-905-2921

BEYOND BLUNDER, ABANDONMENT OF IRAN DEAL IS AN ASSAULT ON INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY...

NAMI: Wisconsinites Helping Those Affected by Mental Illness

Kathleen Vinehout

‘Mental health issues have touched my family in many ways,” Barb Habben recently told me. “Because of this [work with NAMI] has become my second career.” Barb is the local coordinator of NAMI Chippewa Valley.

Recently folks from across Wisconsin came to the State Capitol to celebrate NAMI Action on the Square. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization helping to...

Wisconsin Civil Rights Leaders Speak Against Troubling Vote on Brennan

WASHINGTON – Wisconsin civil rights leaders today held a telephone press briefing in opposition to President Trump’s nomination of Michael Brennan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The Senate is expected to vote this week on Brennan’s...

How Domestic Violence Intertwines With Landlord-Tenant Relationships

Wisconsin's latest dispute over landlord-tenant relations has crucial implications for people enduring abusive relationships. The state's regulations on rental housing have been transformed over the past decade, with a new law being enacted every legislative session since 2011. These changes reduce local...

Audit Reveals Serious Management Issues at State Fair Park

State Senator Kathleen Vinehout

“The State Fair is greatly loved by people all over the state,” Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) said at a recent Audit Committee hearing. “But the back-office operations need to be improved.”

Most certainly, improvement must be made to resolve problems revealed by an audit conducted by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB).

The Joint...

When the Hills are Gone - A Review

Thomas Pearson

I recently read When the Hills Are Gone - a book about the sand mining activists in Wisconsin during the period of the frac sand boom. The author, Thomas W. Pearson, is an associate professor of anthropology at UW-Stout. A disclaimer - I've known Tom for years, particularly since the frac sand activist period documented in this book. 

The book brought back quite a few memories for me, as I was occasionally one of the people in the "...

Rural School Leaders: Schools in Wisconsin are Unequal

“Where kids live should not determine their education,” rural school administrators told members of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding Reform.
 
Recently the Commission traveled to Southwestern Wisconsin. We heard from representatives of 20 rural school districts. Administrators, board members, teachers, parents and community members all testified about the struggles rural schools face and the need for change in the way Wisconsin pays for schools....

Not One Penny - Layoffs of Nearly 5,000 Wisconsin Workers Overshadow Vice President Pence's Visit to Milwaukee

4,883 WI Workers Have Been Notified of Mass Layoffs Since Passage of GOP Tax Bill, According to Official State WARN Data

Washington, D.C.Not One Penny spokesperson Tim Hogan released the following statement on Vice President Pence's visit to Wisconsin today:

"As Vice President Mike Pence visits Milwaukee today to tout the benefits of ‘tax reform,’ he'll have to reconcile...

Sen. Vinehout ~ What Can We Do to Protect Our Water?

What can we do to protect our water?” This is a question I am often asked. Many Wisconsin residents are concerned about protecting our precious natural resources, and much of the concern is focused on water quality.

This week we celebrate Earth Day. Forty-eight years ago, Wisconsin’s own Gaylord Nelson first gathered with 20 million Americans in support of environmental issues. Celebrating the earth means being mindful stewards of...

NWF Statement on AG Schuette Suing Tug Company Responsible for Mackinac Straits Spill

Contact: Drew YoungeDyke, National Wildlife Federation, 734.887.7119, [email protected]

 

 

NWF Statement on AG Schuette Suing Tug Company Responsible for Mackinac Straits Spill

 

(Ann Arbor, MI) -- Attorney General Bill...

Wisconsin Becomes 15th State to Require Criminal Convictions to Forfeit Property, Under Flawed New Law

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed SB 61 today, a bill designed to reform the state’s civil forfeiture laws, which let the government permanently confiscate property without ever filing criminal charges. With the governor’s signature, Wisconsin becomes the...

Blue Ribbon Commission Explores School Funding Inequity

Kathleen Vinehout

Linda Brown recently passed away in Topeka, Kansas. Ms. Brown was the student at the center of the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education that struck down school segregation. Ms. Brown’s father, Oliver Brown, tried to enroll his nine-year old daughter in the all-white Sumner School. 

 

The day after Ms. Brown’s passing, I joined other members of the...
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  • Steve Hanson
    4:08pm

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    At this time field agents are sampling the water and trying to determine the content of the spill and the possible impact of the spill on wildlife. Reportedly there were no signs of a large fish kill or other signs of serious damage to wildlife - but those are early reports from the stream and the river. The DNR hoped to be able to release some information later in the day about the spill, but if it appears likely the DNR will be making proceedings against Hi-Crush for the spill they likely will not release any information until the investigation is complete.  
     
    At this time field agents are sampling the water and trying to determine the content of the spill and the possible impact of the spill on wildlife. Reportedly there were no signs of a large fish kill or other signs of serious damage to wildlife - but those are early reports from the stream and the river. The DNR hoped to be able to release some information later in the day about the spill, but if it appears likely the DNR will be making proceedings against Hi-Crush for the spill they likely will not release any information until the investigation is complete.  
     
    The Whitehall facility has a checkered history of production (in common with many of the Wisconsin sand mines - demand has been unsteady and many of the mines have had periods of going out of production). This facility in particular also has a spotty safety record, reporting 14 mostly minor accidents (not including yesterday's) since the facility opened. The mine has been cited 18 times for safety violations, paying a total of $2,887 in fines (again, not including yesterday's incident). 
     
    The Whitehall facility has a checkered history of production (in common with many of the Wisconsin sand mines - demand has been unsteady and many of the mines have had periods of going out of production). This facility in particular also has a spotty safety record, reporting 14 mostly minor accidents (not including yesterday's) since the facility opened. The mine has been cited 18 times for safety violations, paying a total of $2,887 in fines (again, not including yesterday's incident). 
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  • Steve Hanson
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    Too many differences to list. See Revisions for details.

  • Steve Hanson
    3:06pm

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    Current DNR Press Release on status (https://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=4535)
     
    Current DNR Press Release on status (https://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=4535)
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    Updated Story from Winona Daily News (https://www.winonadailynews.com/news/local/officials-seeking-clues-to-content-of-spill-after-rescue-at/article_16950ae4-a2b8-55a2-b447-d02b208d8bf2.html)
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  • Steve Hanson
    3:03pm

    The spill from the pond at Hi-Crush yesterday is currently moving down the Trempealeau River toward the MIssissippi and is reportedly still visible. 

    I spoke with Andrew Savagian at the DNR office in Madison this afternoon about the spill. The processing water from the pond was apparently very thick, which explains the need to drain the pond at Hi-Crush (since the driver of the bulldozer could not be found underwater) and perhaps why the spill is not disappearing as it flows down the river.

    At this time field agents are sampling the water and trying to determine the content of the spill and the possible impact of the spill on wildlife. Reportedly there were no signs of a large fish kill or other signs of serious damage to wildlife - but those are early reports from the stream and the river. The DNR hoped to be able to release some information later in the day about the spill, but if it appears likely the DNR will be making proceedings against Hi-Crush for the spill they likely will not release any information until the investigation is complete.  

    The Whitehall facility has a checkered history of production (in common with many of the Wisconsin sand mines - demand has been unsteady and many of the mines have had periods of going out of production). This facility in particular also has a spotty safety record, reporting 14 mostly minor accidents (not including yesterday's) since the facility opened. The mine has been cited 18 times for safety violations, paying a total of $2,887 in fines (again, not including yesterday's incident). 

    Hi-Crush has not yet returned our call inquiring about the incident.

  • Steve Hanson
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    New article at Winona Daily News on progress of the leak (https://www.winonadailynews.com/news/local/officials-seeking-clues-to-content-of-spill-after-rescue-at/article_16950ae4-a2b8-55a2-b447-d02b208d8bf2.html)
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  • Steve Hanson
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    Too many differences to list. See Revisions for details.

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    Additionally, this report includes information from the observation of electronic poll books, first tested by the Wisconsin Election Commission during this Election, as well as observations regarding the supplemental ERIC poll list created to protect voters who had been deactivated in error from the poll list during routine maintenance of the list. The report contains specific examples of good polling site practices, problems voters experienced, and recommendations for improvement.
     
    Additionally, this report includes information from the observation of electronic poll books, first tested by the Wisconsin Election Commission during this Election, as well as observations regarding the supplemental ERIC poll list created to protect voters who had been deactivated in error from the poll list during routine maintenance of the list. The report contains specific examples of good polling site practices, problems voters experienced, and recommendations for improvement.
     
    An executive summary and full report can be found here: https://my.lwv.org/wisconsin/our-action [2]
     
    An executive summary and full report can be found here: https://my.lwv.org/wisconsin/our-action [2]
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