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12:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Colorado's Renewable Energy Economy Offers Model for Wisconsin

Should Wisconsin pursue more domestic renewable energy sources, like the wind turbine at the Port of Milwaukee?
Credit Milwaukee Office of Environmental Sustainability

The Port of Milwaukee announced this week that the wind turbine that supplies energy to the port’s administration building has been paying dividends to the city. In less than a year of operation, the turbine shifted electrical costs at the port by almost $15,000 dollars. In fact, the electrical utility actually paid the port for the surplus energy it produced.

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Mines
12:00 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Ojibwe Tribe Travels South to Fight Proposed Mine

People from around the state gathered at a Milwaukee south side church in solidarity with the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to block a proposed iron mining operation at the tribe's doorstep.
Credit Susan Bence

A church on Milwaukee’s near south side nearly burst at its seams Tuesday evening as people gathered to talk about mining.

Leaders from the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe lead the event in hopes of rallying support to block a proposed mine near their reservation.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence attended the meeting and joined Bob Bach in the studio to share some of what she saw.

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Mines
12:00 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Tribal Leaders Oppose Proposed Iron Ore Mine

Bad River Band chairman Mike Wiggins addressed a filled-to-the-brim south side church Tuesday night in Milwaukee.
Credit Susan Bence

A report in yesterday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel indicates Republican legislative leaders in Wisconsin plan to introduce new legislation to streamline the permit process for mining in Wisconsin. New assembly speaker Robin Vos said such legislation could come as early as next week.

A similar bill – AB426 - was defeated in the state senate this year, but Vos and other Republican leaders are optimistic that with revisions, such a bill would see passage - which could pave the way for a new iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin.

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Arts & Culture
12:38 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

'Prairie Silence' Reconciles Small Town Life and Coming Out

Coming out leaves a small-town expat with a lot to say and an inability to say it. (Author Melanie Hoffert)

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Melanie Hoffert.

The appeal of small town living to some is the very thing that drives other people away – the very close connections to your neighbors. That is, while the sense of community can be very strong, it is also difficult to live with a secret when everyone knows everyone else.

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Environment
12:00 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Study: Mercury Has Fast Path into Fish, But There's Hope to Lower Levels

UW-Madison and USGS scientists collect sediments

Concerns about the presence of mercury in fish keeps a lot of people from consuming what comes off the line. And that’s a concern anywhere there is a large body of fresh water, like, say, Lake Michigan.

Over the last decade, a group of scientists set out to discover if new mercury added to a lake would make its way more quickly into the aquatic food chain faster than “existing” mercury – what is released naturally into the atmosphere, by volcanoes or otherwise, and makes its way into watersheds.

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