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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Detritus » Sun May 06, 2012 1:27 pm

snoqueen wrote:We can test one hypothesis right now: what donations did Kipp officials make in the last election cycle?

Since 1990, Madison Kipp (primarily Coleman Reed) has contributed $33,850 to political candidates. Each donation has been relatively small, and gone to Republican candidates ranging from Dane County pols (Jonathon Barry, Nancy Mistele, Tom Metcalfe) to statewide (John Gard, Scott Jensen, Scott McCallum). Walker, Van Hollen, and Stepp are all on there (Walker: $850 in three donations; Van Hollen: $1,100 in six donations; Stepp: $1,000 in one donation, so $2,950 in all). The big winner: Tommy Thompson, with $9,000 in 14 donations, all made throughout the 1990s.

Otherwise, bits of money to other folks like Pat Roggensack, Biskupic, Crooks, etc. You can see it all here.
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon May 07, 2012 12:40 pm

The problems with ground contamination continues.

Vapors from soil contamination seeping into Monona Grove High School
Soil contamination next to Monona Grove High School is causing vapors to seep inside the building, but state Department of Natural Resources officials said that the vapors pose no hazard to humans.

...the contamination was found on the Klinke Cleaners' property next to the high school. The contaminant of concern is tetrachloroethylene, also known as PCE.

After meeting with the school, DNR officials tested the air inside the building. Investigators told Gerlach on Saturday that the results showed that vapors beneath the school have seeped inside the building, but the levels measured don't pose a threat to humans. However, the PCE level was above the DNR action level for a residential site so the school district has increased air circulation inside the school, caulked foundation cracks and capped a drain tile vent.
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Detritus » Mon May 07, 2012 7:28 pm

While we are on the subject, of Cathy Stepp, it's interesting to see in the Campaign Finance Database that her 4 year stint in the State Senate netted her close to $400,000 in campaign contributions ($382,313.73, to be exact). Hmm, what an odd number.

Lessee here, going by sector we got $90,340 from construction companies, largest donor: one Cathy Stepp, First Stepp Builders at $25,000. Next up: $64,050 from manufacturers and distributors, largest donor: $7,350 in 17 smaller bundles from SC Johnson--although I see respectable gestures from the Kohlers.

Anyway, I could keep wandering around in the amounts, but I'm curious about that strange 73 cent total. What's with that? Part of it comes out of the category Retired/Home-makers/Non-income earners ($27,887.77)--some kind person wrote a check for $66.77 for some reason. The other part of it comes from Lawyers/Law Firms/Lobbyists ($19,496.96). 32 donations ($9546.96, 49% of all donations in that category), all nice round numbers, never more than $500--except for one donation of $556.96 by one David Krutz of Michael, Best & Friedrich.

How interesting. If we look at Mr. Krutz's donations over the years, there are some very unusual amounts. For example, in June 2010, $439.25 to Scott Walker, and in September 2010, another $213.54 to same. Two donations of $620.42 in 2009, one to the Republican Assembly Campaign Committee, and the other to the Committee to Elect a Republican Senate. He doesn't always do this, but often enough to whet my curiosity. Why only Mr. Krutz, and why only Michael, Best & Friedrich?

Inquiring minds want to know!
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue May 08, 2012 12:33 pm

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby keelio » Tue May 08, 2012 8:55 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:The DNR is feeling the heat.


Consider revising to 'DNR political appointees are feeling the heat.'
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu May 17, 2012 8:32 pm

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby ilikebeans » Sun May 20, 2012 3:55 pm

Environmental inspections drop in Walker's first year

In 2011, the first year Walker was in office, inspections fell in the following areas compared with the previous year, according to DNR records:

Large farms, 46%;
Private wells, 36%;
Hazardous waste, 32%;
Storm-water runoff, 26%;
Solid waste and landfills, 18%;
Air quality, 16%;
Environmental cleanup sites, 13%.

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Wright said she doesn't believe the DNR can blame the drop in inspections on a shortage of staff.

"That's bunk," Wright said. "It's not a relevant argument. Even if staffing is down, this is public health we are talking about - the health of future generations. They need to redirect resources."

According to job data provided to the Journal Sentinel by the DNR, last year's drop in inspections fell more than the decline in actual number of DNR employees.
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Detritus » Sun May 20, 2012 8:06 pm

Here's something else Walker & his cronies want to do: do away with public hunting and game management ("the last bastion of communism").

Check it out for yourself. Listening, D-Man?
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon May 21, 2012 8:46 am

Wisconsin’s White-Tailed Deer Trustee Dr. James Kroll is from Texas, where there is no public hunting. It's all done on private land and it costs big bucks.
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed May 30, 2012 2:01 pm

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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:24 am

DNR proposes erasing 11 obsolete rules

DNR officials launched an initial review in April. They identified 11 rules they say are obsolete, including limits on mercury discharges, restrictions on hunting in the Horicon wildlife refuge and air permit fees.
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:25 am

Henry Vilas wrote:DNR proposes erasing 11 obsolete rules

DNR officials launched an initial review in April. They identified 11 rules they say are obsolete, including limits on mercury discharges, restrictions on hunting in the Horicon wildlife refuge and air permit fees.


They said the rules duplicate other rules or govern programs that no longer exist and eliminating the language won't harm the environment.


Would be nice to see a list of all the rules being eliminated (and justification for said elimination). Hopefully the mercury discharge law is one of those duplicate ones.
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:56 am

DOJ files environmental suit against Madison-Kipp

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit accusing Madison-Kipp of violating Wisconsin’s hazardous substance spills law at a facility on Madison’s east side.

The suit accuses the company of failing to notify the Department of Natural Resources of its unauthorized discharge of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into the environment and failure to clean up industrial chemicals in the neighborhood surrounding the facility at 201 Waubesa St.
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In 1994, the DNR identified Madison-Kipp as the source of the contamination and has worked with the company on remediation. The DNR said it found contamination on at least 39 properties in the neighborhood.

It's about time they took action.
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Sun Sep 30, 2012 12:48 pm

We need wildlife ethic to complement land ethic

Last week, the Natural Resources Board, its membership mandated to hunter activist control, as is the entire corrupt system, spit in the eye of Judge Peter Anderson. The judge had suggested that the lawsuit against using dogs to hunt wolves could be settled if the board authorized the DNR to set rules for dogs hunting wolves. (Rules for dog/wolf fighting? Really?) But lobbyist Bob Welch and his hounders’ attitude was, “Nope — we rule, and our rammed-through legislation trumps your jurisdiction.” The hunters feel so entitled that they think they can mutilate, murder and mortgage our commons at whim. “We already torture bobcats, bears, coyotes, raccoons, possums, foxes, turkeys, rabbits and waterbirds with packs of dogs — what’s the problem?” The variety of possibilities and unknowns is so “sporting.” Loose dogs on trapped wolves. Torture wolves with gut shots. Kill pups in front of their parents. Leave wolves in traps for days. Normal stuff, but new thrills.
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As Welch testified at the one hearing, “Why are people so concerned about cruelty in dog/wolf fighting? The wolves are going to die anyway.” (“Ya worried about us enjoying a little sadism? We’re murdering here.”)
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Re: The new DNR priorities

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:20 pm

The DNR proposed that hunting would be allowed in state parks from Oct. 15 until the Thursday before Memorial Day. Over 2,000 Wisconsinites registered opposition to that plan. So the DNR "compromised" and cut that back to only two months of hunting.

A bullet from a hunting rifle can easily travel a mile. Anyone going to visit state parks (for non-hunting purposes) during those two months?
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