Environmental Law At A Major Crossroad

There is no denying that our global and local environment problems are at a major crossroads.  Anybody who thinks otherwise obviously has some agenda from profit and doesn’t truly care about major environmental issues.  They only way for major change is by addressing the laws that allow these unsafe practice to continue.  All legal disciplines need to involved including constitutional law, property law, regulation regarding natural resources, and many others.  A major issue here locally is the introduction of invasive species.  Both Michigan and Wisconsin have a large border around Lake Michigan which is one of the largest freshwater bodies of water on the planet.  This is a very important resource and we have been taking it for granted for generations.  We allow all kinds of invasive species into this precious resource including zebra mussels, quagga mussels, gobies, lampreys, and we are now facing a major problem with Asian Carp.  If we continue to allow the introduction of these invasive species, you can pretty much say goodbye to the livelihood of natural species and the overall health of this great ecosystem.  It’s up to us as attorneys to stand up and fight against big business and unfair regulations.

Monsanto Lobbyist Runs Away When Asked To Drink ‘Harmless’ Pesticide

If you have been living under a rock and still don’t know about the Company Monsanto, it’s time to open your eyes and realize the evils that they are performing.  The own all kinds of patents regarding plant seeds and genetically modify them so that they can withstand harmful pesticides.  The most common pesticide they use is called “RoundUP”.  A recent interview with a lobbyist that tries to change laws in favor of Monsanto was given and he was clearly afraid and just flat out lying.  It is probable that this pesticide increases the chances of cancer among many other harmful effects.  The interviewer had some glyphosphate which is the main active ingredient and turned down drinking it after just moments before stating that it wouldn’t hurt him.  It’s pretty clear that he was not being truthful and he’s simply advocating for his employer to receive a paycheck.  Just disguisting and appalling.  We need high quality legal services to combat what is obviously not an equal playing field.  These corporations have free reign to ruin the environment and people’s lives so that they can cash a paycheck.  It’s time to fight back!

Rare Earth Mineral Production Results in Radioactive Waste

Many people are unaware how much the production of rare earth minerals ruins the environment.  This has been a trending topic in the last few months and for very good reason.  An artificial lake located in Inner Mongolia is ground zero for this debate.  Lake Baotou is the dumping ground for all kinds of radioactive and toxic waste.  The goal is find and capture rare earth minerals that are being increasingly used in high technology products ranging from magnets in “sustainable” windmills to making screens and phones “shiny” including Apple’s Iphone.  Just watching this video is hard to watch and it’s a shame that we are willing to do anything in order to make a profit.  One can only imagine the long term effects to the environment and the drinking supply in Mongolia.  They are not even trying to treat this wastewater or contain it in any fashion whatsoever.  The groundwater is without a doubt going to become toxic in a short period of time.  We need all kinds of people to stick up for the planet including environment advocates, leaders with political powers, and attorneys to change laws forever.

Citizen Voices Matter – Sustainable Economic Alternatives to Open-Pit Mining

A proposed open pit mine in Northern Wisconsin is threatening the quality and quantity of water supply.  Public officials ears were deaf to the community that objected to this mine.  I’m sure that elected officials feel that this will help the economy and create jobs.  The problem with this line of thought is that a mine like this will only provide temporary jobs and it will have an impact on the environment for life that will not be recoverable.  Stories like this happen all over the country, and we as a human race need to start being held accountable.  At what cost will we boost the economy and how much damage are we willing to take on.  Future generations will not have the same resources and beauty and it’s truly a sad sight to see.  You can make a difference.  Share this story with others and spread the word!

The High Stakes of the Great Lakes – Invasive Species

This inevitable problem has been growing for years, and there isn’t much more time before the Asian Carp make their way into the Great Lakes Waterway System.  The first and most important line of defense is an electric barrier located in Romeoville, Illinois.  This barrier is a mere 35 miles from one of largest metropolitan cities, Chicago.  While this does provide a barrier, it’s not a very good one.  Any downtime can allow Asian Carp the freedom to migrate directly into Lake Michigan, and more defenses are clearly needed.  It’s been documented that Asian Carp can grow up to 100 pounds and over 4 feet long a very quick manner.  They are also capable of eating up to 1/5th of their body weight A DAY.  There is already speculation that the baitfish populations are highly depleted and the booming commercial and recreational fishing industry is already being threatened.  This industry brings in billions of dollars to local communities, important fresh food supplies, and creates thousands of jobs.  It would be a shame to lose all that because we didn’t act on this obvious problem.

There have been efforts to reverse the flow of the Illinois River which is the most logical solution, but the titans of shipping industry in Chicago have swatted that idea away completely.  It’s time to take action and preserve our most important local resource in the Great Lakes Region.  We asked local Michigan attorney David M. Clark his opinion on the matter and he stated “One of my hobbies is salmon fishing on Lake Michigan and there is no doubt that invasive species have had a large impact on the fishery and the health of the lake.”  Asian carp are not the only potential problem.  The Quagga Mussel could pose an even larger threat to the Great Lakes Ecosystem.  Unlike it’s cousin the zebra mussel, Quaggas are able to live on sandy bottoms which make up a large portion of the bottom structure.  These filter feeders are quickly deplenishing the bottom of the food chain and are responsible for smaller classes of baitfish the past couple of years.  If we don’t find a solution or force the authorities to take notice, the entire fishing industry could collapse.  Please let your local politicians know how you feel and hopefully together we can start a suit to get things turned in the right direction.

Sewergate: Environmental Advocate Asks DNR Board to Create Policy to Protect Citizens

This video explains what is being referred to as “Sewergate”. The town of Concord, Wisconsin was allegedly releasing 3X the allowed amount of human waste into local farm fields.  Unfortunately, these farm fields are close proximity to homes that rely on wells for drinking water and they were being contaminated to the point that they were afraid of drinking their own water.  The Department of Natual Resources did indeed step in and complete a thorough investigation.  After conclusion of the investigation, The DNR recommended that the case be forwarded to the Department of Justice for prosecution.  However, the case did not end up going all the way to the DOJ for various reasons.  They instead just received a slap on the wrist.  They were given 5 violations and were only responsible for reimbursing $4,338.  Stories like this make Midwest Environmental Advocates cringe, but we hope that this case will give validity to future cases and harsher punishments.