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The State Of Wisconsin Moves Some State Assets Closer To The Marketplace

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In June 2013, the state legislature approved the Governor’s Executive Budget and gave the Wisconsin Department of Administration (“DOA”) the authority to sell a wide range of state assets.  This law vastly expanded DOA’s authority to sell property owned by the state.  Until then, the authority of state agencies was limited to the sale of “surplus” properties.  The asset sale legislation allows the state to sell assets that remain vital to the state’s operations, like state heating and cooling plants, that are necessary to provide heat and cooling to a host of state buildings including, university dormitories, state and municipal office buildings and prisons.

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Prepares to Sell 10,000 Acres of Land

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When the 2013-2015 Biennial Budget, 2013 Wisconsin Act 20, was passed last June, a provision granting the Department of Administration (“DOA”) the authority to sell or lease a whole host of State-owned property received a great deal of attention.  That provision generated some controversy due to the breadth of authority given DOA (including the authority to sell assets owned by the University of Wisconsin) but also the scope of assets that could be implicated, including State-owned heating plants, Camp Randall Stadium, and the Wisconsin State Capitol. 

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Appellate Victory Solidifies Flambeau Mining Company's Exemplary Environmental Record

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DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. secured a complete appellate victory for Flambeau Mining Company in a decision issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Seventh Circuit) on August 15, 2013.  At issue in the appeal was whether the trial court in the Western District of Wisconsin erred in determining that Flambeau Mining Company had violated the Clean Water Act (CWA) by discharging storm water containing de minimis amounts of copper from its reclaimed mine site without the proper permit.  In reversing the trial court, the decision makes clear that Flambeau Mining Company was in compliance with the CWA at all times.

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Is Supreme Court Victory for Property Owners a Loss for Ratepayers and the Public?

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of property owners, Mr. and Mrs. Scott and Lynnea Waller, concluding that American Transmission Company, LLC’s (“ATC”) condemnation of two easements on the Waller’s property so diminished the property’s value that ATC must buy the entire parcel, pay relocation costs to the Wallers and pick up the tab for more than $211,000 in the Waller’s litigation costs. Waller v. American Transmission Co., LLC, 2013 WI 77, July 16, 2013[1]  According to the majority opinion, authored by Justice David Prosser, this conclusion is necessitated by the law and the facts.  The dissenting opinion, authored by Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, contends that the decision will have very costly consequences for ratepayers and taxpayers who ultimately bear the costs of public improvement projects. 

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Additional Frac Sand Monitoring Expected Following Passage of 2013-2015 State Budget

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Due to rapid growth in industrial frac sand mine operations in Wisconsin, WDNR will devote two additional staff to permitting, monitoring, and compliance work for sand mining facilities. According to WDNR, just three years ago, there were only five industrial sand mines and five sand processing plants to support the frac sand industry in Wisconsin.  As of April 2013, those numbers have exploded to 105 industrial sand mines and 65 industrial sand processing plants in the state.

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