Posts in Category: Clean Water

Op-Ed: Water Quality a Key Issue for Southwest Wisconsin Voters

There’s a problem with safe, clean drinking water here in southwest Wisconsin’s scenic Driftless Area. We know it, we understand what to do about it, and we want politicians to step up with regulatory policy actions and solutions. The Environmental Law & Policy Center Action Fund commissioned top researcher Ann Selzer (who FiveThirtyEight calls “The

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Ten rounds with Trump: ELPC’s top federal fights of 2019

Do you care about clean water and clean air? How about protecting our kids from mercury pollution or acting on climate change? I think we’d all want to say everyone cares about all of these things, but unfortunately not the Trump Administration.   That’s why ELPC had a busy 2019 standing up to the Trump Administration and working to fight its continued rollback

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Opinion | Dear Gov. Whitmer: It’s time to take lead on Lake Erie cleanup

It’s time for Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to lead in accelerating coordinated actions by her fellow leaders to clean up Lake Erie.  Here’s why: Agricultural runoff of fertilizer and manure is the largest source of phosphorus pollution flowing into Lake Erie where it causes toxic algae outbreaks. Most summers, safe clean drinking water is at risk,

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ELPC in 2019: Strong Results, Impact, and a Good Reason to Give…

We’ve had an incredible year at ELPC. We’re fighting back and playing to win against President Trump’s misguided attempts to rollback protective clean air and clean water standards, systematically weaken the Environmental Protection Agency, and conduct what amounts to a War on the Great Lakes.  We are winning with savvy strategies, our very hardworking and

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Censoring Science at the EPA Threatens Public Health

The Trump administration is churning through rollbacks of public health protections on an almost daily basis. Whether it is protecting our climate, clean air, or water, this administration has set its sights on undermining sensible standards in favor of polluters. Last week, ELPC joined colleagues from the League of Conservation Voters, the National Parks Conservation

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Howard Learner’s new Op-Ed in the Indy Star: ArcelorMittal must be held accountable for spewing dangerous chemicals into the Little Calumet River, which flows into Lake Michigan

The impact: 3,000 dead fish, closed beaches along Lake Michigan and Indiana Dunes National Park, and safe drinking water at risk. In August, ArcelorMittal violated its permits by spewing dangerous chemicals, including cyanide and ammonia, into the Little Calumet River, which flows into Lake Michigan. The company delayed informing public officials of this toxic chemical spill.

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Cleveland Plain Dealer Op-Ed: Curbing Runoff from Giant Livestock Farms Key to Solving Lake Erie Toxic Algal Blooms

Summer may be over, but eyes still need to be on Lake Erie. Toxic algal blooms had another bad year, covering 620 square miles of the lake at one point with a thick green scum and microcystin toxins. The situation won’t improve until the manure and fertilizer runoff pollution causing the toxic algal blooms is significantly reduced.

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Bi-National Symposium to Discuss Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in the Great Lakes

On September 16th, ELPC joined Her Honor, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, in co-hosting a bi-national symposium on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Global Assessment and Great Lakes. A group of approximately 80 Americans and Canadians came together in the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite for a half-day of discussions

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ELPC joins discussions with national leaders on protecting clean water in the Great Lakes region

Hearing on Vanishing Environmental Reviews and the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program Last Friday, I testified at the U.S. House Committee on Small Business about Wisconsin’s proposed Foxconn development near Lake Michigan and the need for environmental regulation. Thank you Congressman Brad Schneider and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez for holding this hearing. Developments like Foxconn usually receive an environmental impact assessment before they

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ELPC Gives Great Lakes Climate Change Strategy Briefing on Capitol Hill

From L-R: Senator Ed Markey, Professor Don Wuebbles, Senator Tammy Duckworth, ELPC Executive Director Howard Learner, Professor Dana Infante, Professor Ashish Sharma  On July 9 I joined ELPC’s Federal Legislative Director Ann Mesnikoff, and three prominent Midwest university scientists – Professors Dana Infante (Michigan State U), Ashish Sharma (Notre Dame and U-Illinois) and Don Wuebbles  (U-Illinois)

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