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Submitted by staff on Mon, 01/30/2012 - 9:42am
Fox News 21, a Fox affiliate in northern Wisconsin, features an interview with Lincoln “Sam” Morris of the Red Cliff Band, who was arrested last week for drumming on a sacred drum during a protest against a proposed mine in the Penokee hills.
"Are we going to eat a polluted fish? Are our deer going to be polluted? Our trees are going to be cut down. All these other animals, all the ones down under mother earth,” Morris said. Attorney Glenn Stoddard, who represents the tribe, says, "The proposed mine in the Penokee Hills is at the head of the watershed. It would essentially send all the pollutants downstream right into the reservation.” Read more...
Submitted by admin on Sun, 04/24/2011 - 6:36pm
|Protesters hit the streets in Kewaunee County opposed to the area's two nuclear power plants. Saturday's action follows ongoing troubles with damaged nuclear plants in Japan. It also marks the approach of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the Ukraine.|
"I just remember the emotional impact it had on people and even to this day, 25 years ago, I'm keenly aware of the radiation being in the fallen leaves in the fall, in the tap water," explained former Ukraine resident, Natasha Akulenko. (Watch the video here from FOX 11, WLUK-TB Green Bay, Wisconsin reporter: Beth Jones - The story continues below)
Submitted by staff on Wed, 01/26/2011 - 11:59am
Fifteen environmental and other public interest groups, including WNPJ, have asked the legislature and governor to focus on expanding renewable energy in the state instead of relaxing or repealing state laws to make it easier to build new nuclear power plants.
Energy efficiency and renewable energy “are cheaper, safer, and will quickly create more jobs,” the organizations said in a letter to lawmakers and Gov. Scott Walker.
Submitted by staff on Fri, 07/02/2010 - 12:18pm
The New York Times: MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Kennecott Eagle Minerals Co. doesn't need a federal permit to build a nickel and copper mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
The agency informed the company of its ruling in a letter made public Friday, on the start of a holiday weekend -- the preferred time to release news you're hoping to keep quiet.
WNPJ member group SOUL (Save Our Unique Lands) of the Kickapoo has been building the movement against high-voltage transmission lines planned to criss-cross Wisconsin, being pushed by American Transmission Company to supply industrial customers with dirty coal power from the Dakotas and destructive hydroelectric power from Manitoba.
Submitted by staff on Fri, 03/09/2012 - 1:51pm
Gegobic Taconite, an out-of-state mining company that had pressed the Wisconsin legislature for a radical change in state mining regulations to permit a massive strip mine in northern Wisconsin's Penokee Hills, has now announced that it is withdrawing from Wisconsin. Gogebic Taconite President Bill Williams issued a statement immediately after Tuesday's Senate vote rejecting a company-authored mining bill, saying the Senate sent a "clear message that Wisconsin will not welcome iron mining. We get the message." Mining opponents, led by members of the Bad River Chippewa, turned out in large numbers for two public hearings, organized protests and a statewide lobby day at the Capitol and kept the phones of Senators ringing with constituent calls. In the end, 16 Democratic Senators were joined by Republican Senator Dale Schultz to provide a 17-16 majority to kill a mining bill that the Walker administration had cited as as one of its top legislative priorities. Read more...
Submitted by staff on Sat, 03/13/2010 - 10:44am
Dane County Democrats have taken a stand against weakening state laws on nuclear power in Wisconsin, and have endorsed a Carbon Free Nuclear Free (CFNF) energy policy for the state. Party members passed a resolution on the issue after hearing a talk from Jennifer Nordstrom, coordinator of the national CFNF campaign, at their monthly meeting Mar. 10. The Democratic Party of Milwaukee County passed a similar resolution in October.
Submitted by staff on Thu, 09/29/2011 - 9:43am
In response to a campaign by WNPJ member group Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger, Wisconsin State regulators have ordered the U.S. Army to improve soil test methods for a carcinogenic explosive that has contaminated groundwater and drinking water wells in rural communities near Badger Army Ammunition Plant. The precedent-setting decision by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) is expected to prompt similar requirements at other military bases where dinitrotoluene (DNT) contamination has been found.
Submitted by staff on Tue, 06/18/2013 - 10:16am
Thanks to decades of informed advocacy by Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger (CSWAB) and others, the WI Department of Natural Resources is supporting the most thorough clean-up option for contaminated soil at the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant near Baraboo.
"Keeping in mind the future use of the site as the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area, this cleanup is protective of human health for even the most sensitive populations," a DNR official told the Wisconsin State Journal.
The DNR will hold a public open house on June 26 at 6 p.m. at the Ruth Culver Library, 540 Water St., Prairie du Sac. "We are taking the extra step of holding this open house because of the widespread interest and the long history of public involvement in the Badger cleanup effort," explained the DNR's regional director.
Submitted by staff on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 1:54pm
A resolution to repeal the Iron Mining Bill (SB/AB 1) submitted by WNPJ members and allies at the April 8 Conservation Congress passed by wide margins in all four counties in which it was introduced. The total vote was 49-6 in Clark County, 221-67 in Dane County, 32-6 in LaCrosse County, and 158 to 79 in Milwaukee County. Total 460 yes, 158 no. The vote tallies are especially significant considering the resolution did not come to the floor for discussion until the end of the formal agenda, around 11:00 p.m. in Dane County.