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UPDATE: WI Assembly passes bill to loosen wetland restrictions

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UPDATE (AP) - The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a bill that would loosen wetland restoration requirements for public utilities.

The Assembly passed the measure Tuesday on a voice vote. The Senate was slated to vote on it later Tuesday.
 
Current state law requires anyone looking to fill a wetland to obtain a permit from the Department of Natural Resources. The agency must require the restoration, enhancement, creation or preservation of other wetlands as a permit condition.

The Republican bill would allow the DNR to exempt public utilities and power cooperatives from mitigation if the utilities and co-ops fill no more than 10,000-square-feet of wetlands.

The measure will have to be signed by Gov. Scott Walker before becoming law.



MADISON (AP) - The Wisconsin Legislature is set to adopt a bill that would loosen wetland restoration requirements for public utilities.

Current state law requires anyone looking to fill a wetland to obtain a permit from the Department of Natural Resources. The agency must require the restoration, enhancement, creation or preservation of other wetlands as a permit condition.

The Republican bill would allow the DNR to exempt public utilities and power cooperatives from mitigation if the utilities and co-ops fill no more than 10,000-square-feet of wetlands.
 

Both the Senate and the Assembly were scheduled to vote on the bill Tuesday. If both houses approve the bill would go to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

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