MADISON - The authors of a Republican bill that would dramatically relax Wisconsin's air pollution rules say the regulations are placing an undue burden on businesses.
Representative Jesse Kremer and Senator Duey Stroebel told the Assembly's Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations during a public hearing Tuesday that the state regulates scores of pollutants that the federal government doesn't and the rules need to be reviewed.
Their bill would repeal any state air pollution regulations that go beyond federal regulations.
The proposal would allow the DNR to draw up new rules to regulate state pollutants but they would last only a decade.
Kremer and Stroebel said the bill would help businesses. Neither could provide a specific example of a business that has suffered because of the current regulations, however.
Committee Democrats said the bill could lead to women and children getting sick from air pollution.
The American Lung Association, Clean Wisconsin, the state Sierra Club chapter and the League of Conservation Voters have all registered against the proposal.
The American Petroleum Institute, the Wisconsin Paper Council and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce support it.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Police Department identified the man who died after a house fire on Friday night as 35-year-old Jeffery J. Becker.
Rhinelander Fire Chief Terry Williams told Newswatch 12 on Monday afternoon that an autopsy indicates Becker died from smoke inhalation, but the autopsy results and further investigation is now in the hands of the state Department of Criminal Investigations.
Crews responded to the house at 320 Rose Street, near Hodag Park, around 7:30 p.m. Friday. Firefighters went inside the house soon after they arrived and found Becker unresponsive on the floor. Firefighters and paramedics tried to revive Becker, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
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