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Wisconsin needs EPA

Recently, there has been an all-out effort by Congressman Sean Duffy, R-Weston, to do away with the Environmental Protection Agency.

As a person who enjoys living in Wisconsin, I must say that I, and many others, are against this measure. This is due to the impact that it will have on the health and well-being of the millions of people who live in this state.

Some people, including Congressman Duffy, see the EPA as an unnecessary government expense. I disagree. I think part of the problem for those who side with the congressman is they do not really understand the role of the EPA in Wisconsin and what benefits they serve.

The EPA is responsible for a vast variety of items that affect each and every person living in the country. Not only does the EPA protect you and me with clean air and water requirements, but they also oversee all aspects in the mining industry to make sure pollutants do not make their way into our soils, which inevitably will affect our wildlife and our landscape. They also play a vital role in controlling the wildlife population and ensuring endangered species will be around for future generations. Another important piece of their existence is they oversee the disposal of solid waste and hazardous waste.

I can't speak for everyone reading this but I know that driving down the country roads or any road for that matter and seeing old stoves or stacks of tires sound do not like a great way to see our beautiful state.

The last point I would like to share is the EPA protects the foods that we consume daily. They ensure that our foods are free from dangerous pesticides, fungicides and rodenticides. The point of this is no matter what political side you fall on, we all need the EPA to ensure we, and our children and grandchildren, are free to enjoy life here in Wisconsin without fear of being poisoned by unnecessary man-made elements.

Congressman Duffy, you call yourself a lumberjack and an environmentalist; do the right thing for the many families in this state vote "no" to dissolving the EPA.