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MAMA SB349 LRB 3146 #FracNo Rally - Stop the corporate polluters' power grab!

MAMA SB349 LRB 3146 #FracNo Rally - Stop the corporate polluters' power grab!

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Stop the corporate polluters' power grab!
• RALLY AT THE CAPITOL - THURSDAY, OCT. 24 - 12 NOON - STATE STREET STEPS (sponsors at end)
• PUBLIC HEARING 9:30 AM THURSDAY - CAPITOL ROOM 411 S
• CITIZEN LOBBY DAY - ALL DAY THURSDAY - GATHER IN NORTH HEARING ROOM

Last week, State Sen. Tom Tiffany and Rep. Joan Ballweg announced legislation, SB 349, that would take away local governments' ability to pass ordinances to protect their air and water, regulate blasting, and recoup costs to taxpayers from industrial use of local roads.

The legislation was introduced at the behest of frac sand companies seeking to permit new mines quickly, with no regulation or government oversight. But the impact of the bill goes far beyond communities dealing with frac sand; it takes away local democracy from everyone in Wisconsin. The bill:
Prevents all local authorities (counties, townships, and municipalities) from passing protections for their own air and water quality and water quantity, leaving them at the mercy of what the DNR is willing or able to enforce (which has been not much over the past few years).

Prevents all local authorities from monitoring their own air and water quality and water quantity.

Prevents local governments from regulating blasting.

Effectively prevents local governments from collecting funds to reimburse taxpayers for the destruction of local roads due to heavy industrial truck traffic.

Further erodes local governments' ability to regulate frac sand mining, only giving them a say when it comes time to clean up the mess and even then, holding them to the lowest possible standard.

Prevents communities facing the proposed Penokee open-pit iron mine from passing ordinances to prevent blasting of rock with asbestos or prevent damages to the environment.

Prevents communities dealing with Combined Animal Feeding Operations from protecting their groundwater and surface water from contamination.

Has massive as-yet-to-be-understood future consequences for many other local communities. READ MORE
Stop the corporate polluters' power grab!
• RALLY AT THE CAPITOL - THURSDAY, OCT. 24 - 12 NOON - STATE STREET STEPS (sponsors at end)
• PUBLIC HEARING 9:30 AM THURSDAY - CAPITOL ROOM 411 S
• CITIZEN LOBBY DAY - ALL DAY THURSDAY - GATHER IN NORTH HEARING ROOM

Last week, State Sen. Tom Tiffany and Rep. Joan Ballweg announced legislation, SB 349, that would take away local governments' ability to pass ordinances to protect their air and water, regulate blasting, and recoup costs to taxpayers from industrial use of local roads.

The legislation was introduced at the behest of frac sand companies seeking to permit new mines quickly, with no regulation or government oversight. But the impact of the bill goes far beyond communities dealing with frac sand; it takes away local democracy from everyone in Wisconsin. The bill:
Prevents all local authorities (counties, townships, and municipalities) from passing protections for their own air and water quality and water quantity, leaving them at the mercy of what the DNR is willing or able to enforce (which has been not much over the past few years).

Prevents all local authorities from monitoring their own air and water quality and water quantity.

Prevents local governments from regulating blasting.

Effectively prevents local governments from collecting funds to reimburse taxpayers for the destruction of local roads due to heavy industrial truck traffic.

Further erodes local governments' ability to regulate frac sand mining, only giving them a say when it comes time to clean up the mess and even then, holding them to the lowest possible standard.

Prevents communities facing the proposed Penokee open-pit iron mine from passing ordinances to prevent blasting of rock with asbestos or prevent damages to the environment.

Prevents communities dealing with Combined Animal Feeding Operations from protecting their groundwater and surface water from contamination.

Has massive as-yet-to-be-understood future consequences for many other local communities. READ MORE

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Stop the corporate polluters' power grab!
RALLY AT THE CAPITOL - THURSDAY, OCT. 24 - 12 NOON - STATESTREET STEPS (sponsors at end)PUBLIC HEARING 9:30 AM THURSDAY - CAPITOL ROOM 411 SCITIZEN LOBBY DAY - ALL DAY THURSDAY - GATHER IN NORTHHEARING ROOM
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Last week, State Sen. Tom Tiffany and Rep. Joan Ballweg announcedlegislation, SB 349,that would take awaylocal governments' ability to passordinances to protect their air and water, regulate blasting, and recoupcosts to taxpayers from industrial use of local roads.
The legislation was introduced at the behest of frac sand companies seeking topermit new mines quickly,
with no regulation or government oversight.
But theimpact of the bill goes far beyond communities dealing with frac sand;
it takesaway local democracy from everyone in Wisconsin
. The bill:Prevents all local authorities (counties, townships, and municipalities) frompassing protections for their own air and water quality and water quantity,leaving them at the mercy of what the DNR is willing or able to enforce(which has been
not much
over the past few years).Prevents all local authorities from monitoring their own air and water quality and water quantity.Prevents localgovernments from regulating blasting.Effectively prevents local governments from collecting funds to reimbursetaxpayers for the destruction of local roads due to heavy industrial trucktraffic.Further erodes local governments' ability to regulate frac sand mining, onlygiving thema say when it comes time to clean up the mess and even then,holding them to the lowest possible standard.Prevents communities facing the proposed Penokee open-pit iron minefrom passing ordinances to prevent blasting of rock with asbestos or prevent damages to the environment.Prevents communities dealing with Combined Animal Feeding Operationsfrom protecting their groundwater and surface water from contamination.Has massive as-yet-to-be-understood future consequences for many other local communities.
 
The number and size of frac sand mines in the state has been skyrocketing since2011, more than doubling over the past year to over 115 mines. These operationsproduce ambient silica dust, a known carcinogen, use large amounts of groundwater, and create noise, dust, and heavy truck and train traffic 24 hours aday in rural communities. Our beautiful driftless hills are threatened with levelingby mining for sand that is used in natural gas fracking, a process that pollutesgroundwater so badly that well users in areas that have fracking can sometimeslight their tap water on fire. Mining is a boom-bust economy that creates fewer  jobs than manufacturing or renewable energy--click herefor more information onfrac sand.The bill doesn't just impact communities dealing with frac sand--it will havestatewide repercussions. Communities like those trying to protect their groundwater from being contaminated by factory farms, and those trying toprotect their air and water from the proposed open-pit iron mine in Ashland andIron Counties, will also have their authority to protect local citizens crippled.
This affects all of us.RALLY SPONSORS:
Madison Action for Mining AlternativesWisconsin Network for Peace and JusticeWisconsin Grassroots NetworkSave the Hills Alliance, Inc.Family Farm DefendersPreserve Trempealeau CountySave Our Town WhitehallTown of Lincoln Concerned CitizensWisconsin Resources Protection CouncilSOUL of WisconsinMidwest Environmental Advocates
 
Crawford Stewardship ProjectSustain Rural Wisconsin NetworkPeople Empowered Protect the Land (PEPL) of RosendaleKewaunee CARESReedsburg Area Concerned CitizensSouthwest Wisconsin Area ProgressivesFrac Sand SentinelConcerned Chippewa Citizen (www.ccc-wis.com)Kate RiceMonroe County Sand MinesHouston County Protectors (Houston, MN)Maiden Rock Concerned CitizensSierra ClubLoyalty to Our LandBuffalo County DefendersHale No to Frac Sand Mining in Western WIPhysicians and Health Care Providers of the Chippewa Valley* (list available)Juneau Action GroupPreserve Waupaca County Allamakee County Protectors Education CampaignSave-The-Bluffs-Goodhue County, MinnesotaFrac Sand Industry Awareness in Wisconsin-Facebook

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