Information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests that a wastewater treatment facility owned by the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has a history of violating the Clean Water Act. An EPA permit issued to the facility grants permission to the tribe to discharge treated wastewater into the Bad River if the water meets Clean Water Act and permit-specific standards. Compliance data maintained by the EPA" appears to indicate that water discharged from the facility has repeatedly failed to meet the required standards.
In particular, the reports indicate that the tribe has been releasing excessive amounts of E. coli, phosphorous, and suspended solids into Denomonie Creek, which, according to an issued permit, runs into the Bad River.
An environmental regulatory compliance expert who spoke on background after reviewing the EPA data expressed serious concerns about what has taken place at the Bad River Band’s wastewater treatment plant.
"The nature and extent of these water quality violations is troubling. It’s clear that these violations persisted over a period of years, and were reported to the EPA on a regular basis with no apparent enforcement activity. The whole situation raises serious questions about the EPA’s oversight of this facility," the expert said.
Read the entire Media Trackers story with exclusive documents below.
Over 50 years ago, Phyllis Schlafly wrote a short book about Presidential politics called “A Choice, Not a Echo.” Schlafly’s book was an attack on the Eastern Republican Establishment – a group (think Nelson Rockefeller and John Lindsay) that would make politicians who are derided today as RINOs (such as Lindsey Graham and, inexplicably, Jeb Bush) look like tea party stalwarts. The book was an important part of the rise of the modern GOP and the realignment of our political parties along ideological lines. Conservatives left the Democrats. Liberals left the Republicans.