Stop the corporate polluters' power grab!
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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
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.