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Statement on legal win for wetlands

"This is a significant victory for the people of Wisconsin, our pristine wetlands, and the integrity of our environmental laws."

By - May 4th, 2018 12:33 pm

MADISON, WIClean Wisconsin, along with the Ho-Chunk Nation through their representative Midwest Environmental Advocates, made the following statement after the Administrative Law Judge ruled to invalidate a permit issued by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to frac sand company Meteor Timber to fill 16.25 acres of pristine wetland in Monroe County:

“This is a significant victory for the people of Wisconsin, our pristine wetlands, and the integrity of our environmental laws. The decision confirms that DNR did not follow the permitting process required by state law. This decision reinforces DNR’s duty to protect our natural resources for the public. We will continue to defend the public’s right to protection of our natural resources in the legislative, agency, and judicial arenas.”

On behalf of its more than 30,000 members, supporters and its coalition partners, Clean Wisconsin protects and preserves Wisconsin’s clean air, water and natural heritage.

The Ho-Chunk Nation is one of the strongest indigenous Nations in the United States. The Nation’s land extends throughout the Midwest, including significant tribal and trust lands in Wisconsin. There are many Ho-Chunk members throughout the state, and their history and culture is tied to Wisconsin. Ho-Chunk members and lands are dispersed throughout the area of Wisconsin most heavily impacted by industrial sand mining. The Nation’s government is dedicated to protecting their people and their lands for this and future generations. The expansive and permanent destruction of the landscape, including wetlands, for industrial sand mines threatens the Nation’s people, land, and cultural heritage.
 
Midwest Environmental Advocates is a public interest organization that uses the power of the law to support communities fighting for environmental accountability. Learn more about the Midwest Environmental Advocates on the web at midwestadvocates.org, like MEA on Facebook or follow @MidwestAdvocate on Twitter.

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One thought on “Statement on legal win for wetlands”

  1. will says:

    Thanks to all the people who made this happen. I must join groups that need help in saving our wetlands and all the rest that goes with this. I must not sit still anymore for I love this land. Thanks again.

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