Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Updates on Wisconsin mining bill AB 426

HURLEY, WIS. -- The proposed new mining bill for Wisconsin, Assembly Bill 426, would eliminate many environmental protections, cost the state millions of dollars in additional fees for regulation, and strip control and revenues from affected communities.

See the Jan. 9, 2012, Associated Press article, "Wisconsin DNR: Mining bill could cost agency millions."

Visit the Web site, for updates on this bill and its potential effects on the environment, especially since it is being proposed to kick-start the projected Gogebic Taconite open-pit mine in the Penokee Hills.

According to Clean Wisconsin's summary of the bill, the projected Gogebic Taconite mine will produce massive amounts of waste. This bill allows that waste to be placed directly into waterways and relaxes the information a company must give to the Wisconsin DNR for their mining plans.

A hearing on the bill will be held beginning at 10 a.m. TODAY, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at the Hurley Inn in Hurley, Wis. If you are unable to attend this hearing, you can sign a petition regarding the projected Gogebic Taconite mine (even if you are not a Wisconsin resident).

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