Improved Environmental Regulation

Protecting our environment is important for the health of our population and economy.  Environmental laws and regulations must be based on peer-reviewed science, must be prioritized so that the most significant environmental problems and threats receive the most attention, and must be balanced with implementation costs and economic impacts.  In general, state regulations should align with and should not exceed federal environmental regulations.  Companies should be encouraged to do voluntary compliance audits by limiting penalties for those who find and correct deficiencies on their own initiative.  We should continue to promote voluntary emission reductions by business and the public to reduce ozone and particulates.


  • Local
    • Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District (GBMSD) should adopt updated and achievable pre-treatment requirements for heavy metals that do not negatively impact local industry or the community
    • Oppose county-level variances on WDNR environmental rules
  • State
    • Establish a permitting process for the mining industry that includes clear permitting standards, firm times for permit approval and limited opportunity for litigation
    • WDNR must ensure that the cost of compliance with Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) standards for phosphorus in theLowerFoxRiver Basinis balanced between point and non-point dischargers
  • Federal
    • Prevent degradation of theGreat Lakesecosystem by invasive species
    • Oppose regulatory efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions without legislative authority