“First Municipality in Wisconsin”: Wausau Passes Environmental Justice Resolution

  The resolution that made state history had strong support from community members and groups, city council members, and the mayor On September 28, 2021, the City of Wausau passed what is apparently the first municipal-level Environmental Justice (EJ) resolution in the history of the state of Wisconsin. The resolution that passed was largely written by Mayor Rosenberg, based on …

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Wausau Chamber of Commerce Opposes Environmental Justice With Apparently Little Support

  8/14/21 Update: The City of Wausau has compiled written public comment that it received relating to the Environmental Justice Resolution and it can be found at the following link and embedded below. https://www.ci.wausau.wi.us/Portals/0/Departments/Council/Archives/Council/Council/2021/COUN_20210810_Packet3.pdf According to multiple local news sources, the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce has come out as the main opponent to Wausau’s Environmental Justice Resolution. Interestingly, the …

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Wausau Entertains Resolution to Better Protect Working Class Areas from Contamination

The City of Wausau is entertaining Environmental Justice approaches that are commonly used by state and federal agencies, and that were started under the Bush administration in the early 1990s. For decades, the EPA has leveraged Environmental Justice approaches and policies. Environmental Justice “is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or …

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Environmental Justice in Wausau: Part I

According to EPA data, 46% of residents within one mile of the contaminated WAULECO site on Thomas Street live below the poverty level. WAULECO is a subsidiary of Sentry Insurance. Sentry’s earned premiums in 2017 grew by $169 million to $2.8 billion.1 What is Environmental Justice? Environmental Justice policies and initiatives are meant to ensure that communities of color and …

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