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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

All in on environmental destruction

You may have seen the La Crosse Tribune article about the Wisconsin Republicans' plans to remove state environmental protections from state water resources and make it much easier for people (i.e. crony contributors) to fill in wetlands at well.
 
Right on cue, a new threat has arisen in Monroe and Jackson Counties. This is from the Frac Sand Sentinel produced by Patricia Popple
PLEASE READ THE URGENT MESSAGE ABOUT THE MEETING THIS WEEK. EVERYONE'S ASSISTANCE ON THIS PROJECT IS CRITICAL. 16.25 ACRES OF WISCONSIN WETLANDS WILL BE FILLED IN. HEARING: OCTOBER 6 IN TOMAH AT 1:00 P.M.
 
Notice of Pending Amendment/Public Hearing

Chris Mathis, Meteor Timber LLC, 115 Perimeter Center Place, Suite 940, Atlanta, GA 30346 has applied to the Department of Natural Resources for modification of Wetland IP # to reflect current construction and design specifications in satisfaction of those permit conditions..

The project is located in the Sections 1 and 2, Township 19 North, Range 2 West, Town of Grant, Monroe County.

The permitted project involves the construction of a rail corridor and dry sand processing plant adjacent to the Union Pacific Railroad mainline just south of the Jackson County line in the Town of Grant, Monroe County. The project is generally bounded by Interstate 90/94 on the north, Hwy 12 on the east and Alpine Avenue on the south. Primary wetland impacts are to a white pine/red maple dominated wetland community type due to a proposed four track rail corridor. Total amount of proposed wetland fill is 16.25 acres. The property currently has two active cranberry operations on it. Plan calls for cessation of cranberry operations, elimination of four impoundments, restoration of 2000 feet of stream and restoration of 55 acres of wetland.

The Department will review the proposed amendment provided by the applicant and any information from public comments and the public informational hearing. The Department will determine whether the proposed amendment complies with ss. 1.11 and 281.36, 401 CWA, Stats., and ch. NR 150, Wis. Adm. Code.

The Department has made a tentative determination that it will amend the wetland permit for the proposed activity.

If you would like to know more about this project or would like to see the applications and plans, please visit the Department’s permit tracking website at
Reasonable accommodation, including the provision of informational material in an alternative format, will be provided for qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

The public hearing is scheduled for:
October 6, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
Tomah Recreation Park-Recreation Building

The hearing will be a public informational hearing where members of the public can learn more about the proposed amendment and submit written or oral comments.

Any member of the public may submit written comments by emailing bradleya.johnson@wi.gov or writing to Bradley Johnson, 5301 Rib Mountain Drive, Wausau, WI 54401 by U.S. mail. Comments should include the docket number or applicant name, and should relate to whether the proposed amendment meets the legal standards listed above. Comments must be postmarked no later than 10 days after the date that the public informational hearing is completed in order for them to be considered.

The final decision may be appealed as indicated in the decision document.
Docket Numbers: IP-WC-2016-42-00902
WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
For the Secretary

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