On December 27, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced changes to the Mercury Air Toxics Standard (MATS) established in 2012. EPA will accept comments on the proposed changes for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, which was expected to occur by mid-January. The MATS requires reduction of mercury air emissions from electric utility coal and oil fired boilers. … More Will the U.S. EPA Back Away from Reducing Mercury Pollution?
Climate change presents growing challenges to human health and safety, quality of life, and the rate of economic growth in the United States. … More New Federal Report Predicts Increasing Environmental and Ecological Costs due to Climate Change in the United States.
On October 1st, Tom Hauge presented testimony to the Joint Committee on the Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR) regarding an emergency rule enacted by DNR to strengthen deer farm fencing regulations and regulate the transport of deer carcasses. … More Green Fire testifies on CWD Emergency Rules
Attended by over 100 members, the Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) 2018 Annual Meeting caused much philosophical pondering and also provided some concrete ideas on how to make connections. … More What if we knew Nature loved us? How would we act differently?
This August I sailed to Isle Royale National Park with my husband and our sailing partners, a trip of 72 miles across Lake Superior from our Apostle Islands home port. Our 12 day voyage was squeezed into seven, crimped in on the ends by storms and weather fronts … More Heavy Weather, Charting a Course for Wisconsin’s Green Fire Science Communications
Over eleven days in late August, four major storms raked across central and southern Wisconsin, each dumping multiple inches of rain. Late in the afternoon of August 20, a record-breaking deluge of more than eleven inches in just four hours hit western Dane County. On August 26-27, parts of Ozaukee and Washington Counties north of … More In the Vortex of Climate Change
Wisconsin’s Green Fire Board member Bob Martini gives many presentations around the state about the era (1968-2010) when the Department of Natural Resources provided evidence-based science to help reconcile our state’s industries and our environment. That effort contributed to the quality of our lives today. The DNR provided science-based management information to policy makers, the … More Wisconsin River success story
On June 28, 2018, there was a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Foxconn liquid crystal display manufacturing complex to be constructed in western Racine County, Wisconsin. This large facility with significant public funding incentives raises many social and environmental implications for the citizens of Wisconsin. A number of Wisconsin’s environmental groups are working on the varied aspects … More Environmental concerns with Foxconn plant
Wisconsin’s Green Fire Wildlife Work Group has reviewed the department’s recommendation for 2018 which also included a summary of the CDAC input received. We offered three comments to the NRB. First, we supported the department’s recommendation to establish antlerless deer quotas for the privately owned land in Ashland and Price County. The deer herds in … More Comments to Natural Resources Board on 2018 deer season
See Mike Gousha’s Earth Day interview of John Lyons about Wisconsin’s Green Fire. The segment aired on “Up Front with Mike Gousha” on April 22, 2018. John Lyons is co-chair of the Fisheries Work Group for Wisconsin’s Green Fire and is a retired DNR researcher.