Wis. Senate Committee Advances Bill To Eliminate State Air Pollution Regulations

A Wisconsin Senate committee voted along party lines Tuesday to advance a bill that would eliminate all of Wisconsin’s state air pollution regulations. Under the proposal, the state Department of Natural Resources would have the option to reintroduce those regulations. All existing federal regulations would continue.

At a November public hearing on the bill, Senator Duey Stroebel of Saukville and the bill’s Assembly sponsor, Representative Jesse Kremer of Kewaskum, said they believe some of the state’s air regulations are unnecessary. They cited a 2004 report from the Legislature’s non-partisan audit bureau that said the state regulates 293 more pollutants than required by federal law.

Of those, the audit found 94 of the 293 were reported in Wisconsin in 2002.

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and the American Petroleum Institute support the bill. The American Lung Association, the Sierra Club and the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters oppose the plan. The bill has yet to be voted on in an Assembly committee.