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Conservation NOW: August 21, 2017

THIS WEEK’S NOTICES:

Oppose August 2017 Special Session AB 1: Exempting Foxconn from State Clean Water Protections.

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose August 2017 SS AB 1/ SB 1, which are before the Joint Finance Committee on Tuesday.

Foxconn is proposing to develop over 1,000 acres of land in what could be one of the largest projects in the state. SS AB 1/ SB 1 would allow for the creation of an Electronics and Information Technology Manufacturing Zone for this development. The bill would eliminate the requirement that Foxconn develop a state Environmental Impact Statement which would allow the public to understand the full public health and environmental implications of this project. Additionally, the bill eliminates state environmental protections for isolated wetlands, navigable streams, and lakebeds within this zone.

Oppose LRB 2652/1: Industrial Acid Mining Bill

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose LRB 2652/1, which is currently circulating for co-sponsorship.

Sulfide mining is responsible for poisoning the environment with toxic waste like arsenic, mercury, and lead – dangerous carcinogens and neurotoxins. LRB 2652/1 eliminates Wisconsin’s “Prove It Safe” mining law that protects public health and natural resources by requiring mining companies to show a demonstrated track record on protecting water quality before being permitted. Given the long-term and guaranteed toxic nature of the waste generated by sulfide mining, it is critical we place a higher standard for demonstrating protection of our waters, not less.

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