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A policy that would require officials with the state DNR to disclose previous campaign contributions if they are handling enforcement cases is being considered by the agency, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp said. But she also defended the decision made in a waste violations case.

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Environmental enforcement activity by the state Department of Natural Resources has dropped dramatically in the past two years, according to data from the agency, with the number of permit violation notices hitting a 12-year low in 2011.

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Cathy Stepp, a former GOP state senator and outspoken critic of the state DNR, has been named to head the agency by Gov.-elect Scott Walker. “Putting Cathy Stepp in charge of the DNR is like putting Lindsay Lohan in charge of a rehab center,” said incoming Rep. Brett Hulsey.

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