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Mining Legislation in Wisconsin

“Companies seeking to establish mining operations in Wisconsin should meet requirements that protect water quality and supply, while providing opportunity for public input. Current environmental regulations should not be weakened.”- Petition statement circulated by BRWA in the fall of 2011, signed by over 1,400 citizens, local governments, and conservation organizations


Background on current mining regulations in Wisconsin- Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey
Overview of metallic mineral regulation in Wisconsin, third edition (Special Report 13)- Thomas J. Evans, 2004

 

Open Pit Mining Bill (AB 1, SB 1) introduced January 16, 2013
Full text of Assembly Bill  1 (206 pages)
Legislative Bureau Analysis of the Open Pit Mining Bill 


Assembly Mining Bill (LRB 3520, AB 426) introduced December 8, 2011
Full text of Assembly Bill 426 (183 pages)
Legislative Bureau Analysis of the Assembly Mining Bill
Testimony of BRWA at Assembly Mining Bill Hearing in Milwaukee- December 14, 2011 
Testimony of BRWA at Senate Mining Bill Hearing in Madison- February 16, 2012


Special Session Bill (SB/AB 24- now known as SB 326 and AB 421)
WLCV Analysis of the Bill
BRWA Testimony at the Assembly and Senate Joint Committee on Natural Resources in Madison- October 26, 2011


Information Gathering Public Hearing on Metallic Mining in Hurley
BRWA Testimony at the Public Hearing of the Assembly on Jobs, Economy, and Small Business in Hurley- October 27, 2011

 

BRWAs Priorities Poll

Please rank the questions below based on how you believe BRWA should prioritize emerging water quality issues in the region. (5 being the highest, 1 being the lowest - use the "+" selector to vote. 5 votes for highest rank, 4 votes for second highest, etc.)

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Establish baseline water quality conditions
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Outreach and education
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Restore problem erosional areas
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Work with local authorities to address water quality issues
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Protective waterway designations
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Threats To Water Poll

Please rank the questions below based on what you believe is the greater threat to water quality in the region. (5 being the highest, 1 being the lowest - use the "+" selector to vote. 5 votes for highest rank, 4 votes for second highest, etc.)

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Large-scale agriculture
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Failing septic/waste treatment systems
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Mining
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Stream sedimentation, washouts and erosion
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Forest management practices
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