Mayor Hagen shocked, disappointed at Superior's hazmat response downgrade

By KBJR News 1

August 29, 2014 Updated Aug 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen says it's shocking that recent hazmat response cuts in the city's budget are happening when Superior needs it most.

This month, Superior joined five other cities in Wisconsin that were downgraded from a top–tiered hazmat response plan to a tier two plan.

That leaves the closest tier one response team in Eau Claire, which is two and a half hours away from Superior.

Democratic State Senator Bob Jauch has referred to the hazmat funding cuts in Superior as unacceptable for a city dealing with 17 percent of the nation's crude oil.

Mayor Bruce Hagen says, with six petroleum based industries in the city, it's shocking that the state's hazmat funding has dramatically shifted away from Superior.

"Preparedness and prevention is everything," said Mayor Hagen, "and it seems to me that this is probably the worst of politics decision–making you could ever see."

Mayor Hagen says the city is working independent from the state with the industries in Superior to provide greater protection, and equipment, in case of an emergency.

Billy Wagness