Federal Regulators Plan to Review Wisconsin DNR Water Enforcement

Investigation into claims that the agency is failing to enforce laws and regulation

Federal regulators plan to visit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources headquarters this week to investigate claims the agency is failing to enforce water pollution laws and regulations.

Midwest Environmental Advocates and 16 individuals petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review water regulations in the state to ensure the DNR is complying with the Clean Water Act. The EPA in 2011 cited 75 deficiencies in how DNR handles water regulation.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports four EPA regulators plan to spend four days this week at DNR headquarters in Madison paging through the agency’s water pollution files beginning Tuesday.

DNR spokesman Jim Dick called the review standard procedure, although the review could result in the EPA stripping the state’s authority to enforce federal regulations.

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