Former DNR Leader Says a Renegade Board Member Is Part of Republicans’ Plan to Undermine Water Rules, Unseat Gov. Evers

Via Up North News:

George Meyer blames the state’s major business lobby for encouraging a member to stay past his term as a way to fight PFAS standards.

A rogue board member who’s overstayed his term. A lack of regulation leading to unsafe drinking water and a massacre of gray wolves. A right-wing political group and Wisconsin’s largest business lobby.

A former head of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) alleges they’re all connected to a coordinated effort to undermine and ultimately unseat Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in this year’s gubernatorial election and maintain conservative power to block or weaken rules for water, hunting, and other environmental concerns.

George Meyer, who served as DNR secretary from 1993 to 2002, said he finds it “troubling that there is collusion going on” between the Republican-controlled state Senate, right-wing organizations, and Natural Resources Board member Fred Prehn, an appointee of former Gov. Scott Walker who refuses to leave his seat even though his term expired in May 2021. 

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