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Submitted by staff on Tue, 02/14/2012 - 12:43pm
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Following on the State Assembly's vote to pass a mining bill that would fast-track a strip-mining project in northern Wisconsin's Penokee hills by limiting public input and environmental oversight, Senate Republicans have scheduled a hearing on a Senate version of the mining bill for Friday. Feb. 17th in Platteville, nearly 300 miles from the proposed mine site, continuing a pattern of choosing hearing locations that make it difficult for mining opponents who live near the mine to attend and testify. The first hearing held by Assembly Republicans was in West Allis, more than 300 miles from the mine site. (Photo: Iron ore strip mine in northern Minnesota)
1) Please join those who will be speaking at the Platteville hearing against the mine (details below)
2) Please contact your Senator to urge them to oppose the mining bill currently being drafted (more info on the legislation below)
3) Join Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters at a special lobby day on the mining bills on Thursday, February 16th, from 12-5:00pm, Click here for details and to RSVP
Submitted by staff on Wed, 01/04/2012 - 2:27pm
In a victory after much public pressure, the Assembly Committee on Jobs, the Economy, and Small Business announced it will hold an official hearing up north on AB 426, the proposed mining bill written for Gogebic Taconite that would weaken environmental protections, eliminate contested case hearings, reduce local input, and establish unreasonable timelines for iron mining permits.
The hearing's on January 11, 10 AM at the Hurley Inn. The Committee, which introduced the bill, held the first hearing on it December 14 in Milwaukee. For more information on the bill, see the League of Conservation Voters website or read the Legislative Council bill summary.
A public hearing previously scheduled in Ashland by state Rep. Janet Bewley and Sen. Bob Jauch has been cancelled.
Submitted by admin on Wed, 12/28/2011 - 11:02am
An editorial in this week's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel argues against mining legislation recently introduced in the Wisconsin State Assembly, saying "the proposed legislation simply goes too far in weakening protections and in lessening the opportunities for citizen input." The Journal-Sentinel's editorial board took the unusual step of printing a second editorial against the mining bill to rebut charges by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce that their original editorial, printed on Sunday, was "hyperbole." The Journal-Sentinel editorial board responds: "We think WMC is engaging in its own form of hyperbole." Read and comment here...
Submitted by admin on Wed, 07/25/2012 - 9:03am
Mining activist and UW-LaCrosse emeritus professor Al Gedicks warns in the pages of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that weakening Wisconsin's mining regulations has been moved to the top of Governor Walker's agenda. At the same time, a report just released by the National Wildlife Federation points to Wisconsin's mining laws as a model for other states to follow. Under Wisconsin's decades-old "Prove it First" law, potential miners cannot receive a state permit until they have provided an example of a metallic sulfide mine in the United States or Canada that has not polluted surface or groundwaters during or after mining. Gedicks writes: "So far, the industry has not been able to find a single example where they have mined without polluting water." Read more... (Photo: Sulfide mining runoff in Sudbury, Ontario.)
Submitted by staff on Fri, 09/07/2012 - 10:32am
Madison's Capital Times newspaper ran an article on August 8 about UW-Madison taking steps to re-start a series of decompression sickness studies using sheep after new legislation exempted the university from state animal cruelty statutes. The move is being condemned by WNPJ member group Alliance for Animals.
Submitted by staff on Mon, 05/02/2011 - 1:15pm
"Nuclear power is not only unnecessary, it is among the costliest and potentially the most dangerous ways to produce electricity," writes John Kinsman, a Wisconsin farmer and the president of Family Farm Defenders, a WNPJ member group. "Besides the brave Japanese workers who are sacrificing themselves in the battle to stop this meltdown, who is next to suffer from the inevitable nuclear accidents? Why, of course, farmers, fishers, gardeners and consumers who have to dump milk, destroy animals and bury produce that has been contaminated by fallout," adds Kinsman, in a Capital Times op/ed.
Submitted by staff on Tue, 07/20/2010 - 10:19am
A plan to put "edible landscaping" in Madison city parks won the approval of the Madison city Parks Commission last week, over an earlier proposal to require volunteer groups planting fruit and nut trees to buy $1 million of liability insurance for each public park site where the trees would be planted. More than three dozen people came to the Parks Commission hearing to speak out in favor of fruit and nut trees in city parks, and in the end, all but one of the commissioners voted in favor of permitting the trees to be planted without the liability insurance requirement.
Submitted by staff on Fri, 04/26/2013 - 9:57am
The fossil fuel divestment campaign organized locally by 350 Madison, a WNPJ member group, can celebrate a victory.
"Mayor Paul Soglin announced Thursday that Madison will join nine other U.S. cities in a campaign to encourage divestment of city funds from the fossil fuel industry," reports the Wisconsin State Journal.
"Soglin said Madison doesn't have any funds invested in fossil fuel companies but will introduce a resolution encouraging the Madison School District, Dane County, UW-Madison, the state and other local governments to divest their holdings."
Submitted by staff on Thu, 12/23/2010 - 10:35am
THANK YOU! You've done it again! You sent more than 15,000 letters to Congress in December and made many, many phone calls to stop $8 billion in taxpayer loans for new nuclear reactor construction. And the final government funding bill, signed by President Obama, contains not one dime for new nukes!
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