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Environmental experts want federal protection of waterways

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The former head of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources and dozens of other retired DNR officials are urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to review the state’s water protection program.

Former Secretary George Meyer is among 45 former DNR scientists and managers who have sent a letter to EPA officials supporting a petition filed by a public interest law firm in Madison. The petition from Midwest Environmental Advocates asks the EPA to force Wisconsin to do a better job of protecting water quality or take away the state’s authority to regulate water pollution.

The former DNR employees say state leaders are endangering Wisconsin’s waterways by cutting budgets, ignoring the effects of climate change and disregarding scientific and legal issues when approving pollution permits.

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