At a time when Wisconsin businesses continue to fight raising the state's $7.25 minimum wage, it's amazing how they have no problem digging a little deeper to find some spare change to pay for a license to pollute.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a plan from two Republican Wisconsin state lawmakers that allows companies to pay to delay compliance with strict phosphorous pollution standards.
"Delay compliance." That's rich.
Corporate news services mischaracterize the scheme as a slower roll-out of water rules or EPA approves state's phosphorous work-around, but we've seen this hustle many times before.
Cowles said he wasn't convinced that upgrades at the facilities would make that much difference in phosphorous levels.
"For them to be forced to spend a lot of money on something that's not going to benefit society, it's just not right," Cowles said.
God forbid!!! Why pay for upgrades to prevent phosphorus run-off pollution when they can just buy sell-out legislators to create "permit fees" granting them license to keep polluting. There's plenty of money for that. What a racket.
One of the two sponsoring legislators is local swamp favorite Rep. Amy Loudenbeck of Clinton. She'll win environmental awards from the state's paper and cheese industries for her role. That's how this works.