By Richard Hildebrander-Hemmerer and Paul Koehnert | 10/13/2017 07:27:04Published in the journal Environmental Protection Science and Technology, the report provides a thorough analysis of the Wisconsin Department of Environmental Quality’s environmental protection efforts.
The report’s findings include:The Wisconsin Department’s efforts to implement environmental protection measures on behalf of the public have been highly effective.
For example, in the first half of 2018, the department initiated nearly 3,000 new environmental protection actions, and nearly 90 percent of these actions were completed by the end of 2019.
The department’s success is also evidenced by its low enforcement costs.
In the first quarter of 2019, the agency collected just $1.7 million in fines.
In addition, the Department has successfully used its enforcement powers to achieve significant results on a number of fronts.
In addition to enforcement actions, the state also has used its authority to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure public health and safety.
For instance, the State has reduced methane emissions from the power plant, and in 2017, the utility agreed to spend $50 million on methane emission control measures.
In 2018, Wisconsin also launched the State-wide MOP-Up, an environmental protection initiative that is expected to cost approximately $400 million to implement.
According to the report, the initiative will help Wisconsin’s energy sector reduce emissions of methane and carbon dioxide by approximately 60 percent by 2030.