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The open pit mining bill (SB1) is a sellout to out-of-state mining interests and must be stopped. It will have a devastating impact on the environment, our families' health, and the state's tourism industry.
Why is this important?
As someone who grew up in Wisconsin, I was taught at a young age the tradition of conservation.
Our natural landscape and environment
are a source of pride and tradition for every Wisconsinite.
This bill threatens to undermine that completely. The land for the proposed mine contains rare birds, the largest undeveloped wetland in the upper Great Lakes region, and has among the highest quality waters in Wisconsin providing a great habitat for tourism and wildlife alike. But this proposed mining legislation is not just an enormous environmental disaster, it also has the potential to be devastating to the health of our families. The Penokee Hills, where the first mine would be based, provide drinking water for nearby communities and houses, and wild rice fields that local Native tribes have harvested for centuries. With the weakened environmental standards found in this bill, the mining companies would be allowed to release harmful substances like lead, mercury, and arsenic into these waterways. We cannot let a bill written by out-of-state mining industries undermine our families' health and Wisconsin's history of conservation. It has to be stopped!