New Wisconsin Law Decreases Trucking Emissions

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signed a bill into law that will allow the state’s foundries to transport more raw pig iron to their facilities using fewer truckloads. The law, 2023 Wisconsin Act 156, changes weight limits and length limits on vehicles transporting metallic or nonmetallic scrap.

According to Erik Ellingson, general counsel to Waupaca Foundry, the law eliminates confusion over what a recyclable metal material is. Originating from iron ore, pig iron is a raw material used in the iron casting process. Previously, the state had restrictions on the amount of pig iron that could be transported on Wisconsin roads.

“The distinction resulted in a negative impact on the environment, with extra, wasteful truck loads to accomplish the same hauling task,” Ellingson said. “The new act will reduce the number of trucks needed to haul, which will, in turn, reduce emissions.” 

The bill was co-authored by Representative Kevin Petersen (R-Waupaca) and Senator Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan).