Wisconsin Public Radio: Regional EPA Chief Talks Water at ELPC Water Conference in Wisconsin

Regional EPA Chief Says Water Is A Top Concern
Thursday, March 30, 2017
By Chuck Quirmbach

The leader of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Midwest says clean water may be the top issue he hears about from the public.

Robert Kaplan became acting administrator of EPA Region 5 when the previous regional administrator resigned during the water controversy in Flint, Michigan. Kaplan told a Environmental Law and Policy Center conference in Madison this week that concerns about water across the Midwest haven’t gone away.

“Everywhere I go people want clean water. It might be the No. 1 thing we talk about. Even if we’re there to talk about air or some other matter, it always comes back to water,” Kaplan said.

The EPA continues to try to restore clean water to all of Kewaunee County, where many wells are polluted, Kaplan said.

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