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New DNR Secretary Stepp Meets Governing Board Tuesday


MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s new DNR secretary will meet her governing board Tuesday for the first time.

Cathy Stepp and the Natural Resources Board will attend a seminar on lead pollution Tuesday afternoon. And then Stepp will be at her first formal meeting of the DNR Board Wednesday.

Environmentalists are concerned that Stepp will roll back protections, based on her record as a former Republican state senator and a homebuilder. But Stepp says her main goal is to make the DNR more responsive and in-tune with the public – and she believes the agency can both protect the environment and help businesses grow.

At first, Stepp will take her orders from former Governor Jim Doyle’s appointees to the Natural Resources Board. That could make it hard for Stepp to make big changes before Walker’s appointees can start getting on the panel.