During a public hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Jesse Kremer and Sen. Duey Stroebel told the Assembly's Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations that the state regulates numerous pollutants that the federal government does not. They said the rules need to be reviewed.
The Republican bill would dramatically reduce Wisconsin's air pollution rules. The authors of the bill claim the current regulations are placing a burden on businesses, although no specific examples of a business that has suffered due to current regulation were provided.
The proposal would repeal any state air regulations that go beyond federal regulations and allow the DNR to produce new rules for the state to last a decade.
Committee Democrats said the bill could lead to women and children getting sick from air pollution.