Just last week, a frac sand mining executive declared Wisconsin the “global epicenter” of this booming industry and said, “we’re just getting started.”
But at what cost?
Along comes LRB 3146, a sweeping bill that seeks to bolster the frac sand mining industry by cutting off local governments’ ability to enact commonsense environmental protections. What’s worse, this irresponsible thinking is being fast-tracked – and the implications go far beyond frac sand.
The bill removes local governments’ ability to regulate local air and water pollution regardless of the source. Those powers would be handed over to the state. If passed, many commonsense local laws like those regulating the spread of invasive species, the regulation of outdoor wood boilers and water conservation measures could be preempted, to name just a few. The bill could also impact local governments’ authority over the Gogebic Taconite mine in northern Wisconsin.
Tell your legislators to protect your air, water and health by opposing this broad, sweeping legislation.
We need to move fast. A hearing is rumored for as early as next week by the same committee that fast-tracked the iron mining bill earlier this year.
ACT NOW: Tell your legislators to oppose LRB 3146 TODAY.
I hope we can count on you,
Amanda Wegner, Clean Wisconsin
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Wednesday, 10/23: Boom & Bust: Exploring the health and environmental effects of frac sand | Fluno Center, Madison
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