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Midwest Environmental Defense Center, Inc. v. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

A Wisconsin court held that the state environmental agency should have considered impacts on downstream water quality when it issued a state pollutant discharge elimination system permit to an industrial dairy processing plant. An...

Wisconsin Resources Protection Council v. Flambeau Mining Co

The Seventh Circuit reversed a lower court decision finding a Wisconsin mine operator liable under the CWA for discharging copper into navigable waters without a permit. The CWA's permit shield provision provides that if a NPDES permit...

Adams v. Wisconsin Livestock Facilities Siting Review Board

The Supreme Court of Wisconsin held that under state law, a town may not impose conditions on a livestock siting permit to protect surface and groundwater. The state legislature has strictly limited the ability of political subdivisions...