Honorable Steve Kagen, M.D.

Wisconsin's former 8th District Representative

January 4, 2007 to December 22, 2010

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Protecting our Environment

As a physician I have been studying air quality for a quarter century.  I deeply appreciate the connections between a healthy environment and healthy people.  Wisconsin has a proud heritage of environmental activism, led by Aldo Leopold, Senator Gaylord Nelson – the father of Earth Day and our state‚Äôs Native Americans.  In the short term, we must protect all our waterways and our Great Lakes from invasions by aquatic invasive species and toxic pollutants, including cancer-causing PCBs. In the longer term, we must make sure the quality of our air, surface water and underground aquifers remain pristine.

 

Cleaning up the Fox River will answer the essential question of our time: what kind of people are we?  Shall we allow local industries to bury their mistakes in our waterways and then pass the buck to our children and grandchildren?  Or shall we demand that people and corporations take responsibility for their actions and do what we all know must be done: remove the PCBs from the river.

 

Wisconsin invented environmental conservation and Earth Day and people in Wisconsin do not reward polluters.  Our human health is forever tied to the health of our air, water, and soils – and inextricably to the Fox River.

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