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Overview: Endocrine disruptors in the environment

Scientists have learned that some chemicals may mimic or disrupt the hormones of people and wildlife, with potentially health-damaging results. They can be natural, like the estrogens produced by plants or cows, or synthetic, like birth control pills. They are known to be widespread in the nation’s waters, and to a lesser extent have turned up in groundwater. Sidebar to story on estrogenic wells in northeastern Wisconsin’s karst region.

Scientists question state’s course on wolves

As hunters prepare for Wisconsin’s wolf hunt, some scientists are warning that a proposal to sharply cull the population could destabilize it — just two years after wolves were removed from the federal endangered list.

Anti-hunting groups excluded from wolf committee

In March, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources restructured the membership of its species advisory committees, reducing DNR staff, removing university researchers and adding more representatives from external interest groups.

Recession worsens brownfields backlog in Wisconsin

While the state has made some progress with the backlog in the past two decades, a “startling” number of plant closings during the recent recession has created “an entirely new generation of brownfields,” according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Wisconsin frac sand sites double

Frac sand fever has hit much of west-central Wisconsin, catching residents and local governments by surprise when demand for sand suddenly soared and permit applications began to pour in. The number of Wisconsin frac sand mining operations has more than doubled in the past year.

Permits: What a frac sand mine needs

Overview of permits required to operate a frac-sand mine.

Frac sand in Wisconsin: Links and contacts

Resources to learn more.

Are frac sand miners failing to check for rare butterfly?

There’s a new wrinkle in Wisconsin’s fast-growing frac sand mining: It turns out that an endangered butterfly, the Karner blue, lives in the same region. And some companies may be failing to check for the butterfly as they move ahead with mining operations.

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