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NEPA modernization needed to protect environment, infrastructure


In 1986, Top Gun hit the big screens, the Chicago Bears won the Super Bowl – let’s hope for the last time – and 1.44-megabyte floppy disks were hitting the market. It was also the last time regulations enforcing one of our nation’s most important environmental laws – the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA – were revised. A lot has changed in technology, sports and culture since 1986, so why aren’t the regulations that govern the infrastructure our economy depends on being brought up to date as well?

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After a year, it’s time for Congress to act on trade pact

Vice President Mike Pence answers questions from the media while appearing with Republican Senate candidate Leah Vukmir during a stop in Milwaukee on Thursday. Pence was in Milwaukee that night for a closed-door fundraiser to raise money in Wisconsin for Vukmir, who faces the Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the November election. (Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Vice President Mike Pence came to Kenosha County last week to push Congress to vote on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which was signed in November 2018. It’s President Donald Trump’s plan to replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement ...

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Thrill-seeker’s plunge ill advised

Unlike standard cell towers, 5G networks are often made of “small-scale nodes” installed on traffic lights and utility poles. The wireless company U.S. Cellular announced plans this week to bring a 5G network to Wisconsin. The announcement comes not long after state legislators passed a law setting statewide standards for the networks.

Let's preface this editorial by saying that we're glad the UW-Stout student Mason Barth is alive and well. But let's add this: We're also glad the 20-year-old Neillsville native is being held to account for his reckless actions.

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