Thu Jan 17, 2013, 08:40 AM
Scuba (52,899 posts)
GOP Senator admits it. New Wisconsin bill exempts mining companies from environmental standards
GOP Senator Tom Tiffany admits it. New Wisconsin bill exempts mining companies from environmental standards.
Madison – The 2013 version of the open-pit mining bill released today is strikingly similar to last session’s AB 426 that was defeated. The new Open-Pit Mining Bill is a flawed, extreme, one-sided bill that will subject our waters to contamination from toxins like arsenic, lead and mercury.
The bill exempts mining companies from following environmental standards, a fact that the main bill author validated (See http://www.wiseye.org/Programming/Mining.aspx, 30:01). When a reporter asked, “Is it fair to say that the bill does allow the DNR to exempt companies from environmental standards?” Senator Tom Tiffany, lead bill author, replied, “Yep, that is accurate.”
“The bill exempts mining polluters from following the laws that every other Wisconsin business, local government, and resident must follow. In a single bill, our hunting and fishing traditions, our tourism economy, and the health of our citizens are placed in jeopardy,” said Anne Sayers, Program Director for Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters.
Despite repeated claims by bill authors at the press conference that the bill does not weaken environmental standards, it absolutely does. The bill memo released by the neutral Legislative Council outlines 4 important areas where state natural resource laws will be weakened under this new bill:
Public rights and interest in navigable water.
Last time around the Repukes testified that the mining bill did NOT relax any environmental standards. They failed to mention that it exempted the Geobic mine from those standards.
You just can't trust those fuckers.
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Response to PeaceNikki (Reply #1)
Thu Jan 17, 2013, 05:50 PM
unionthug777 (733 posts)
4. they will ignore us.
besides being a union thug, ha ha ha, i am also a member of the Lac Du Flambeau tribe. i wouldn't be surprised if the government and wormy walker tried to pull the old " imminent domain" bullshit.
Response to Scuba (Original post)
Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:38 PM
hue (4,948 posts)
3. "You just can't trust those fuckers." But You can trust they'll be f**kers!!!
Yes I knew they/Repuke/Mother Earth f**ckers would never stop until they have the easy grab of our iron ore and other raw commodities. It will be our forests, our water, our metals--->they will take/rape everything they can!! It won't end with this iron ore, believe me! They will desolate Wisconsin!!