SB 395/AB 499: Industrial Acid Mining Bill

This bill is:

Date Introduced:
September 01, 2017

Legislative Categories:
Land, Priority Issue, Water

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Bill Description

Sulfide mining is responsible for poisoning the environment with toxic waste like arsenic, mercury, and lead – dangerous carcinogens and neurotoxins. SB 395 & AB 499 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.

Current Status

SB 395 was introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry. It had a public hearing on September 7, 2017. It was voted out of committee on October 4, 2017. AB 499 was introduced and referred to the Assembly Committee on Labor. The bill has been scheduled for a public hearing on October 13, 2017.

Committee History

Full Vote Data

Assembly:  Awaiting Action

Senate:  Awaiting Action

Governor:  Awaiting Action

Citizen Action Needed

Call your legislators and ask them to oppose SB 395 & AB 499.