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EPA opposing Wisconsin DNR water standards over G-P permit in Green Bay

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EPA opposing Wisconsin DNR water standards over G-P permit in Green Bay

July 29, 2011 - 12:02
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GREEN BAY, WI, July 29, 2011 (Green Bay Press Gazette ) -The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has informed the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources that its permit system to control water pollution doesn't meet standards set by the 1972 Clean Water Act.

The EPA's action is a victory for the Clean Water Action Council of Northeastern Wisconsin, which has opposed for years the state's water pollution permit to the Georgia-Pacific paper mill in Green Bay. The council claimed the permit, which expired last year, allowed unlimited discharges of mercury and increased amounts of phosphorous into the Fox River.

In a letter to DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp, the EPA's Regional Administrator Susan Hedman wrote that there are "numerous apparent omissions and deviations between Wisconsin's current statute and regulations and federal requirements."

Green Bay Press-Gazette - Environmental Protection Agency tells Wisconsin DNR it doesn't meet federal water standards

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