The number of environmental inspections conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources declined sharply in Gov. Scott Walker’s first year, leading advocates to question whether the agency is paying less attention to environmental regulation under the Republican governor.
State environmental officials say they won’t write new air regulations for sand mines.
Newly appointed Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp has appointed Matt Moroney, former executive director of the Metropolitan Builders Association of Greater Milwaukee, and state Rep. Scott Gunderson, R-Waterford, to the Nos. 2 and 3 spots in the agency, respectively. As deputy secretary, Moroney, a Waukesha attorney, will oversee day-to-day operations of the agency. [...]