Preserve the Mining Moratorium Law!
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We are deeply concerned about the proposed repeal of Wisconsin’s Mining Moratorium Law, and urge you to vote against any legislation to repeal this common sense law that helps protect Wisconsin’s water from unsafe metallic mining.
Metallic mining proposals, whether for iron, base, or precious metals, are the largest, most complex, and most destructive land uses under consideration in the state. They are especially risky for downstream water quality when sulfur-bearing minerals are present in the ore deposit or waste rock. Mining proposals require careful scrutiny to avoid costly environmental damage and negative economic impacts to local communities and the state.
Wisconsin’s Mining Moratorium Law takes a common-sense approach to preventing disastrous water pollution. It was passed by overwhelming bi-partisan majorities in both the Assembly and Senate and signed into law by Governor Tommy Thompson. The law requires that the industry provide examples of metallic sulfide mines that have been operated and closed without polluting the environment before a new sulfide mine can be approved. It recognizes that Wisconsin citizens should not be the guinea pigs for unproven mining technologies.
There is nothing in the law to stop a company from applying for permits today unless the industry is unable or unwilling to demonstrate an example mine. In fact, a recent survey of metallic sulfide mining regulations in the Great Lakes region by the National Wildlife Federation called Wisconsin’s Mining Moratorium an exemplary law.
We respectfully call upon you to preserve and protect the Mining Moratorium Law so as to guard our precious water and a clean, healthy environment for future generations.
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