The Latest: GOP: Relaxing pollutant regs would help business
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a bill that would prohibit Wisconsin environmental officials from regulating air pollutants not covered by federal regulations (all times local):
The authors of a Republican bill that would dramatically relax Wisconsin’s air pollution rules say the regulations are placing an undue burden on businesses.
Rep. Jesse Kremer and Sen. Duey Stroebel told the Assembly’s Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations during a public hearing Tuesday that the state regulates scores of pollutants that the federal government doesn’t and the rules need to be reviewed.
Their bill would repeal any state air pollution regulations that go beyond federal regulations. The proposal would allow the DNR to draw up new rules to regulate state pollutants but they would last only a decade.
Kremer and Stroebel said the bill would help businesses. Neither could provide a specific example of a business that has suffered because of the current regulations, however.
Committee Democrats said the bill could lead to women and children getting sick from air pollution.
A legislative committee is set to take comments from the public on a bill that would dramatically relax Wisconsin’s air pollution rules.
The Republican measure would repeal any state air pollution rules that go beyond federal regulations. The state currently regulates hundreds more air pollutants than the federal government.
The bill would let state environmental officials create rules going beyond federal regulations going forward but those regulations would last only a decade.
The Assembly Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations was set to hold a public hearing on the bill Tuesday morning.
The American Lung Association, Clean Wisconsin, the state Sierra Club chapter and the League of Conservation Voters have all registered against the proposal. The American Petroleum Institute, the Wisconsin Paper Council and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce support it.