Public Hearing on Mining Alert!
From the Chair of TMLIA Legislative Awareness Committee:
Please review the information below and contact your local Representative first, then as many of the committee members as you can. This is a significant event that will affect water quality for generations if it is allowed to pass as written. Please ask your Representative to defeat this bill or at a minimum take out the sections that change our conservation policies that up until now have been our legacy and the basis for the Pubic Trust Doctrine.
Thanks for your support,
PUBLIC HEARING Committee on Jobs, Economy and Mining:
The committee will hold a public hearing on the following items at the time specified below:
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 9:00AM 411 South, Madison, WI
This will be a joint hearing with the Senate Committee on Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining, and Revenue.
Assembly Bill 1
Relating to: regulation of ferrous metallic mining and related activities, procedures for obtaining approvals from the Department of Natural Resources for the construction of utility facilities, making an appropriation, and providing penalties.
The link below gives you the list of Representatives that introduced the Bill. It also has an icon that will give you the bill's text. https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2013/proposals/ab1
Key Reasons to read and respond to this Bill:
- Allows mine wastes to be piled next to rivers and lakes, in floodplains and areas where groundwater contamination is deemed likely.
- Requires DNR to allow critical and sensitive wetlands to be filled, as long as there is mitigation someplace in the state. The performance of natural wetlands can't be duplicated. Would you want a wetland in Barron county mitigated by one in Milwaukee County?
- Completely reverses consideration for making major alterations to rivers - dredging, filling, widening, straightening. Please see "The Public Trust Doctrine" defined on the following WDNR site; http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/waterways/about_us/doctrine.htm
- Requires DNR to allow huge groundwater withdrawals and direct withdrawals from rivers or lakes, even if it will severely draw down the resource.
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