Environment

Dane County sues foam makers over PFAS pollution

 Dane County officials are suing dozens of firefighting foam manufacturers alleging their products contaminated the area around the county’ airport. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Tuesday that the county filed the lawsuit in state court last week. The county is seeking unspecified damages from dozens of companies, including DuPont, 3M and Johnson Controls. The county alleges the manufacturers sold foam for decades despite knowing it contained PFAS and failed to warn consumers and the public of the chemicals' dangers. The city of La Crosse filed a similar lawsuit last year. The state Department of Justice sued Johnson Controls in March over PFAS contamination near Marinette.

Mining company seeks permit in Marathon County

A mining company wants permission to explore for gold and other minerals in Marathon County. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday that Green Light Metals submitted an exploratory drilling application to the county on Thursday. The company wants to explore in Eau Claire River County Park. The company received a state permit in February that's good through June 30. The site likely would become an open-pit mine if Green Light decides to launch a full-scale operation there. Mining at the site could become the first such activity in Wisconsin after legislators overturned a moratorium in 2017.

No Mow May creates buzz across Wisconsin

New ordinances consider health of pollinators to help with health of food supply

VERONA, Wis. -- It's a movement that's taking hold across Wisconsin. As the greenery starts to emerge around the state this spring, some folks are content to let it…

Evers unveils climate plan to be 'carbon free by 2050'

The governor released his Clean Energy Plan after two year's work by the Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers introduced his Clean Energy Plan Tuesday, setting the goal to have Wisconsin use only renewable energy sources by 2050. The plan is the culmination of a…

Conservation group spends more than $3M to buy, preserve 1,600 acres of land along Kickapoo River

Area will be restored to provide natural services such as flood protection, recreation and wildlife refuge

The lower Kickapoo River meanders through the 1,600-acre Plum Creek Conservation Area, which the MVC is protecting migratory birds, wildlife habitats, farmland and water. Existing hunting and fishing easements remain in place. (MVC photo)LA CROSSE — The Mississippi Valley Conservancy leveraged $3 million — its largest monetary gift ever — to buy 1,600 acres of rugged land along the lower…

Madison mayor wants to spend $425K on PFAS filtration system

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway wants to spend $425,000 to design a system to filter PFAS chemicals out of a city well. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Monday that the mayor said the system would be the first in Wisconsin designed to filter the so-called “forever chemicals” out of drinking water. Rhodes-Conway and Alderwoman Nasra Wehelie said they've drafted a resolution authorizing city water officials to contract with AECOM for up to $375,000 in design and engineering services for the system. The resolution includes another $50,000 for staff time. City officials say a no-bid contract is necessary in order to submit the project for state grants in October.