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La Crosse lawmakers re-introduce water pollution notification bill



Quick notification about groundwater pollution hasn’t been happening in Wisconsin, according to State Rep. Jill Billings of La Crosse. 

So, she’s co-sponsoring a bill to require the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources to tell county leaders about tainted groundwater within days after the pollution is confirmed. 

Billings says the bill arose from a situation where La Crosse County tried to get a pollution report from the DNR.

“When the DNR was asked why they didn’t get that information out, they said it wasn’t in state statutes, it wasn’t part of their responsibilities,” Billings said.

Billings added that she and state Sen. Jennifer Shilling are re-introducing the Water Pollution Notification Act, after it stalled in the legislature in the last session.  

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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