Washington, DC – President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress yesterday on the subject of job creation. While focused mostly on a job-creating agenda, the President reiterated his support for environmental and health protections including “rules that keep our kids from being exposed to mercury” and challenged the country to be in a “race to the top” when it comes to pollution standards. The President also questioned the need for subsidies to Big Oil and announced infrastructure and school investments that could lead to cleaner transportation options and energy efficiency improvements.
MILWAUKEE – As Wisconsinites flock to the beach, pollution from stormwater runoff and sewage overflows continue to plague Wisconsin’s beaches. Wisconsin Environment reported that beach closings and advisories due to pollution went up last year in Wisconsin totaling 735 days of closed beaches, according to Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) 21st annual beachwater quality report released today.
Madison, WI—The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) solicited public input for their recently proposed Mercury and Air Toxics Rule for power plants at a hearing held today in Chicago. Hundreds of people turned out to show support for this critically important public health protection.
MADISON: President Obama travels to Manitowoc on Wednesday to visit Orion Energy Systems as part of his Main Street tour. Ahead of the visit, Orion announced that they expect to increase their operating revenue by 54% in the third quarter compared to the same time period last year.
Madison, Wisconsin – Wisconsin Environment today released a new report from the Solar Foundation, a nonprofit solar education and research organization. The report found that Wisconsin as the 5th most solar related jobs in the country with an estimated 6,000 people employed by the solar industry.
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