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Sep 12, 2016

Group to monitor bear hunters in light of new law

An animal protection group plans to monitor bear hunters in Wisconsin in the first test of the state's new hunter harassment law.

Jul 19, 2016

Judge: State must enforce environmental protections on farm

A Dane County judge has ruled the Department of Natural Resources can't retract a previous decision and must continue imposing environmental protections on a large dairy-farm expansion.

Jul 12, 2016

DOJ shrinks environmental protection unit

The state Justice Department has shrunk staffing levels in its environmental protection unit to the lowest level in 25 years.

Jul 10, 2016

Environmentalists challenge DNR sand mine pollution findings

A new Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources draft report wrongly concludes that sand mining operations don't produce fine dust particles and shouldn't impact human health, an environmental advocacy group contends.

Jun 22, 2016

AG opinion not just about high-capacity well permits

In what industry representatives hope is a sign of more good things to come, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is streamlining its high-capacity-wells policies in response to Attorney General Brad Schimel’s May 10 formal opinion on 2011 Wis. Act 21’s limits on agency authority.

Feb 24, 2016

Open-government advocates question closed-door DNR meeting (UPDATE)

Open-government advocates are questioning whether a Department of Natural Resources board violated the state's open-meetings law by having an unannounced closed-door gathering.

Feb 2, 2016

Assembly GOP asks AG for opinion on high-capacity wells

Assembly Republicans asked Wisconsin's attorney general Tuesday for an opinion on the extent of state environmental officials' authority to regulate high-capacity water wells, a move that could resolve the debate without legislation as lawmakers rush to end their two-year session.

Jan 26, 2016

Environmentalists sue DNR over records

A group of environmentalists has filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Natural Resources alleging the agency has delayed responses to record requests.

Nov 13, 2015

Judge: DNR can’t impose requirements on wells at large farms

Wisconsin environmental officials can't impose groundwater monitoring requirements as a condition for high-capacity well permits, an Appleton judge has ruled in a decision that could have far-reaching effects on well construction across the state.

Sep 23, 2015

Federal judge says city not liable for contamination of Ashland lakefront

A federal judge has ruled that the city of Ashland and Ashland County are not responsible for the cleanup of a designated Superfund site on the city’s lakefront.

Aug 11, 2015

Court refuses request to review Enbridge hearing decision

A state appeals court has refused to order a judicial review of a state Department of Natural Resources' decision to issue Enbridge Energy an air pollution permit.

Jun 24, 2015

Fight over dairy farm heads to Court of Appeals (UPDATE)

A legal battle over one of the state's largest dairy farms will head to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals after a circuit judge dismissed the owner's request to overturn groundwater monitoring requirements.


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