Senate Committee Vote on Bill Relaxing Air Pollution Rules

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A legislative committee is set to approve a Republican bill that would relax Wisconsin air pollution regulations.

The bill would repeal any state air pollution rules that go beyond federal regulations by the end of 2018. The state currently regulates hundreds more pollutants than the federal government.

The proposal would allow the Department of Natural Resources to promulgate new rules that go beyond federal regulations. Those rules would last only a decade.

Democrats have complained the bill would leave hundreds of pollutants unregulated, putting people’s health at risk.

The Republican-controlled Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection is set to vote on the bill Tuesday. Approval would clear the way for a full Senate vote.


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