A letter urging the state Department of Natural Resources approve a controversial grant was signed by 18 lawmakers.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sent two letters to the state Department of Natural Resources warning grant would violate federal rules
DNR chief Cathy Stepp is dissolving the Division of Enforcement and Science, a move Scott Hassett doesn't feel is "insidious."
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.
A top political appointee at the DNR chose not to send a complaint against a waste hauler for prosecution despite findings by agency staff that the company was treating fields with so much human waste from septic tanks that it risked poisoning nearby wells, DNR records show.
Two top officials at the state Department of Natural Resources did not violate the state's ethics code in their handling of a case against an Oconomowoc waste hauler, according to a state ethics administrator.
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.
Members of the Natural Resources Board on Wednesday urged Gov. Scott Walker to reconsider his plan to roll back rules that protect Wisconsin lakes and streams from phosphorus pollution.
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.