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Emergency Rule 1417

Wednesday, March 11, 2015  
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WALHDAB has recently gone on record to oppose Emergency Rule 1417, which substantially changed the regulations set forth in NR 150 – Environmental Analysis and Review Procedures.  Several key points in the emergency rule provide the basis for this opposition.  This rule limits the public involvement in the DNR environmental review process;  it reduces the Natural Resources Board oversight of the DNR’s environmental review process; it removes in some cases the ability to challenge DNR decisions and it expands the list of minor actions. 

Minor actions do not require environmental analysis.  According to this rule, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and other industrial facilities are now considered a minor action that will not require an environmental analysis.  An environmental analysis evaluates a proposed action or project’s effect on the human environment and studies, develops and describes alternatives to the proposed action or project.  With this emergency rule, minor actions will not require a review on the effects of these projects on humans or the environment and alternatives will not be considered.

*Written by Doug Voegli,Director of Environmental Health Division, Public Health Madison and Dane County

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