News Release | Wisconsin Environment

A Healthy Environment is Key to a Healthy Economy

Washington, DC – President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress yesterday on the subject of job creation. While focused mostly on a job-creating agenda, the President reiterated his support for environmental and health protections including “rules that keep our kids from being exposed to mercury” and challenged the country to be in a “race to the top” when it comes to pollution standards. The President also questioned the need for subsidies to Big Oil and announced infrastructure and school investments that could lead to cleaner transportation options and energy efficiency improvements.

News Release | Wisconsin Environment

Obama Administration Decision on Smog Standards Puts Thousands of Lives at Risk

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Obama administration announced that it will not update critical air quality standards for ozone pollution—commonly known as smog. This decision was made despite a unanimous recommendation by the independent board of air experts and scientists created under the Clean Air Act that the current standard be strengthened to protect public health.

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Senators Kohl and Johnson support proposal to weaken clean air standards

Madison, WI—Senators Kohl and Johnson have signed their names onto a bill that would block critical public health protections for Wisconsin children and families. The bill, S. 1392, introduced last week by Senators Susan Collins (ME) and Ron Wyden (OR), would delay the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to limit mercury and air toxics from industrial facilities, meaning more dangerous pollution, and putting as many as 22,750 lives nationwide at risk.

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Wisconsin's Beach Closings Increase, Wisconsin Environment Calls for Better Protections

MILWAUKEE – As Wisconsinites flock to the beach, pollution from stormwater runoff and sewage overflows continue to plague Wisconsin’s beaches. Wisconsin Environment reported that beach closings and advisories due to pollution went up last year in Wisconsin totaling 735 days of closed beaches, according to Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) 21st annual beachwater quality report released today.

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