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Protecting Waukesha County's Natural Resourses since 1978

WEAL

Representing the Waukesha County community for the protection of Waukesha County's natural resources through dedicated grass-roots participation and action.

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April 2018
WEAL'S Misson
To represent the Waukesha County community for the protection of Waukesha County's natural resources through grass-roots participation and action.
Racine's Request for Foxconn Water Diversion
Read letters of comment submitted to Wisconsin DNR

March 21, 2018 Letter submitted by WEAL
WEAL joined ECO (Environmentally Conscious Organization) students at Carroll University during Earth Week 2018 to support waste reduction, recycling and to promote WEAL & ECO’s screening of “Trashed.”


STOP Waukesha Bypass Facebook Connect
Important West Waukesha Bypass Development and Update  12/17/2017
One of the important messages we need to send, is that even as the DOT and Waukesha County continue to build the north end of the West Waukesha Bypass our fight continues....read more.

West Waukesha ByPass Fight Continues 06/08/2017

I'm sorry that it's been a while since we've sent out a Bypass update. Why? To be honest we've been waiting for our lawsuit to get a hearing date...read more.

New Wisconsin Law Exempts Pyrolysis and Gasification from solid waste facility regulations
 
2017 WI Act 284 – Signed by Governor Walker on 4/16/18  -   https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/related/acts/284 )
 
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
 
This bill exempts pyrolysis and gasification facilities from certain laws relating to solid waste facilities.
 
A solid waste facility is a facility for the treatment, storage, or disposal of solid waste. Under current law and rules promulgated by the Department of Natural Resources, no person may operate a solid waste facility without an operating license from DNR. In addition, most solid waste facilities must undergo a pre-construction or pre-expansion site inspection, obtain DNR approval of a plan of operation for the facility, comply with certain performance standards to avoid or minimize adverse
environmental impacts, and provide proof of financial responsibility for the closure of the facility and the post-closure, long-term care of the facility.
 
This bill exempts pyrolysis and gasification facilities from the definition under current law of “solid waste facility.” The bill defines a pyrolysis facility as a facility where post-use plastics are heated until decomposed and then converted into other materials such as liquid fuel. Under the bill, a gasification facility is a facility where post-use plastics and certain other materials are heated and ultimately converted only into fuel or other chemical feedstock.”
 
TIMELINE
 
SB 646           Introduced on 12/21/17 by Sen. Cowles https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/proposals/sb646
 
Public hearing on 1/04/18 
 
AB 789          Introduced on 12/27/2017 by Rep. Tittl - https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/proposals/ab789
 
Public hearing waived on 3/15/2018
 
Presented to Gov. Walker on 4/12/2018 and signed on 4/16/18
The Facts of Gasification  April 17, 2018

On 10/02/2015 WEAL joined more than 200 organizations and leaders from across the globe by signing an open letter to the Ocean Conservancy regarding recommendations that were made in a report entitled "Stemming the Tide"  

Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules in Favor of OSGC By: Charlene Lemoine


Opinion pieceSubmitted to Green Bay Press Gazette on June 5, 2015  
It's time for good neighbors to oppose all waste gasification projects

By Dean Hoegger and Leah Sue Dodge, Tribe Member, Oneida Tribe of Indians, WI   

New York Times Article on Incineration


Settlement Agreement Ends GEITS Gasification Incinerator Plan for Adams, WI
City of Adams / GEITS Settlement Agreement and Mutual Release (pdf)


WEAL and 130 other organizations send letter to Department of Energy over trash incineration. 
read more
 
Plans for a gasification incinerator surface in Adams, WI
A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article entitled "Green Energy Plan Raises Red Flags in City of Adams" describes a multifaceted agreement between the City of Adams (population 2,000) and a company called Global Environmental Infrastructure Technology Solutions....read  more
 

Film and Bag Work group Recommendation for Hard to Recycle Plastic Film (doc)


WEAL Comments on Film Bag Work Group Recommendations (pdf)


NPR 3/31/15 - With 'Single-Stream' Recycling, Convenience Comes At A Cost


Volunteer opportunity: Help us survey for rare plants around Wisconsin. More information HERE
 
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