Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Laura Schulte

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wausau, WI, United States

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Recent articles by Laura:

Saukville warning residents about high levels of 'forever chemicals' in drinking water

Saukville is the latest municipality to find elevated levels of PFAS in its public water supply. → Read More

Heavy rains throughout Milwaukee area lead to first sewer overflow of 2022

Some areas of Milwaukee got nearly 7.5 inches of rain over the weekend, putting stress on Milwaukee's combined sewer system → Read More

$4.5 million in federal funding to go toward conservation projects including Cedar Gorge in Ozaukee County

Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday announced the funding for the projects that were previously rejected by lawmakers. → Read More

Robin Vos beats primary opponent Adam Steen, overcoming Donald Trump's campaign against him

Vos defeated Adam Steen, all but ensuring his re-election in his Republican-leaning district in southeastern Wisconsin. → Read More

Wisconsin DNR recommends water systems notify customers of even low levels of 'forever chemical' in drinking water

The Wisconsin DNR is recommending that communities inform residents of any detectable PFAS contaminations. → Read More

Tony Evers, Josh Kaul announce lawsuit to recover massive costs from 'forever chemical' contamination in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin lawsuit names PFAS manufacturers Tyco Fire Products, 3M, Du Pont and others the state says knew of the dangers of "forever chemicals." → Read More

Many Great Lakes residents are unaware they should limit some fish consumption to avoid harmful contaminants

A study released last month shows that many people who consume fish from the Great Lakes are unaware of advisories related to chemical contamination. → Read More

Wausau could soon have some of the best water in the country, thanks to 'forever chemical' filters

Wausau will likely also be the first community in Wisconsin to treat its entire water supply for "forever chemicals," known as PFAS. → Read More

Thomas Ericksen, a former Northwoods Wisconsin priest convicted of abusing young boys, is up for parole

Thomas Ericksen will go before the Parole Commission in August, three years after he was convicted on charges of abusing young boys in the 1980s. → Read More

Here's where testing has located 'forever chemicals' in fish caught in Wisconsin waters

Here are the state water bodies that have fish advisories for high levels of PFAS → Read More

Scott Walker-appointed Natural Resources Board member Frederick Prehn can remain past his term, Supreme Court rules

The ruling all but ensures that Republicans in the state Senate will continue to avoid confirming slates of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' appointees. → Read More

EPA reveals new recommendations for 'forever chemicals' in drinking water far lower than the new Wisconsin standards

The new EPA recommendations leave a wide gap with the state's standards for how much PFAS contamination is acceptable for drinking water in the state. → Read More

Here's where testing has located PFAS or 'forever chemicals' in Wisconsin drinking water

Here's where voluntary PFAS testing has found the 'forever contaminant' in Wisconsin drinking water. → Read More

Lawmakers let 'forever chemical' water standards go into effect but caution further review could halt them

Republicans will allow standards for "forever chemicals" to take effect in Wisconsin after years of heated debate on the topic. → Read More

'Forever chemicals' linked to high blood pressure in women, new study shows

An 18-year-long study shows that middle-aged women with higher levels of PFAS in their body are more likely to have high blood pressure. → Read More

Black Wisconsinites were half as likely as white applicants to get pandemic unemployment payments, report finds

A federal watchdog agency found that Wisconsin's PUA program paid out white claimants at twice the rate of Black claimants → Read More

Air pollution more likely to harm people of color in Wisconsin, especially in Milwaukee, study finds

An analysis by Clean Wisconsin found that people of color, and particularly Black residents, are more likely to be affected by air pollution. → Read More

'Forever chemicals' are present in many fast-food wrappers, and Culver's says it is working to phase them out

Some food packages at Culver's could contain PFAS, a toxic family of chemicals known to repel grease → Read More

High levels of 'forever chemicals' force Marshfield to shut down 4 city wells

Marshfield announced Thursday that high levels of PFAS were found in four of its wells, prompting the city to take them offline. → Read More

UW study finds elimination of air pollution could save more than 53,000 lives each year in the U.S.

The study finds immediate public health benefits would flow from the decarbonizing of energy needed to address long-term climate change. → Read More