Wisconsin Assembly Bills Will Create Environmental Mess According To Wi League of Conservation Voters!!

by Free Speech on January 17, 2012

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Week of January 17, 2012
2011 – 2012 Legislative Session

This Week’s Notices:

  • Oppose AB 426:  Assembly Mining Bill: Undermining Wisconsin
  • Oppose AB 463:  Fill a Wetland First
  • Oppose AB 43: Creating Hoops for Abandoned Dam Removal
  • Oppose AB 159:  Threatening Public Health With More Carbon Monoxide Pollution
  • Oppose AB 195:  Threatening Public Health With More Air Pollution
  • Oppose SB 368:  Fill a Wetland First
  • Oppose AB 165: Return of Stinky Lakes

Oppose AB 426:  Assembly Mining Bill:  Undermining Wisconsin
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose AB 426, which is expected to be before the Assembly Jobs, Economy, and Small Business Committee this week.
Wisconsin can find ways to mine without disregarding the long-term health of our lands, waters, and people.  AB 426 eliminates Wisconsin’s ability to protect public health and natural resources by exempting new mines from water quality protections for our rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands.  It also increases public exposure to dangerous mining waste, completely cuts out citizen involvement throughout the permitting process and allows mining laws to supersede all other environmental laws. Wisconsin must do better than the short-sided, misguided approach taken in AB 426 that is being rushed through the legislature to benefit one out-of-state mining company.
Oppose AB 463:  Fill a Wetland First
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose AB 463, which is before the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday.
Wisconsin’s wetlands are critical for flood prevention and water purification.  Wisconsin’s wetlands also contribute to our tourism economy and are great places to hunt.  AB 463 completely reverses Wisconsin’s law by not requiring a developer to first always look at alternate sites to build before filling in a wetland.  AB 463 removes protections for our most sensitive and important wetlands.  Finally, AB 463 allows a developer who wants to build in a wetland to do mitigation in a location that is not connected to the watershed, which can leave the area around the development at risk of flooding or other negative impacts on the watershed.
Oppose AB 43:  Creating Hoops for Abandoned Damn Removal
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose AB 43, which is before the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday.
Many abandoned dams have fallen into disrepair, creating threats to public safety.  Abandoned dams can also have adverse environmental impacts by blocking downstream flow of nutrients, altering water temperatures and oxygen levels, and impeding fish passage.   AB 43 would create another redundant and vague hoop that the Department of Natural Resources would have to jump though before being able to remove a dam that is determined to be public safety threat.
Oppose AB 159:  Threatening Public Health With More Carbon Monoxide Pollution
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose AB 159, which is before the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources on Wednesday.
Air quality standards for pollution are set to protect public health.  Carbon monoxide pollution is an odorless and colorless gas which can cause headaches and nausea at low levels and seizures and even death at higher levels.  Natural Resources Rule 411 protected air quality by requiring certain transportation projects such as roads and parking ramps where high localized impacts of carbon monoxide can occur to do an assessment to show they will not increase carbon monoxide air pollution above safe levels.  The Joint Committee on the Review of Administrative Rules suspended this rule on April 27, 2011.  By explicitly stating that Wisconsin cannot set standards for carbon monoxide from these sources, AB 159 threatens public health.
Oppose AB 195:  Threatening Public Health With More Air Pollution
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose AB 195, which is before the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday.
Air quality standards for pollution are set to protect public health.  Agricultural operations can sometimes release hazardous air pollution.  On May 24, 2011, the Joint Committee on the Review of Administrative Rules suspended rules limiting hazardous air pollution for pollutants where there are no current federal regulations, but where there has been a documented need for a public health standard.  AB 195 explicitly states that Wisconsin cannot set additional standards for hazardous air emissions from agricultural operations.  AB 195 threatens public health and undermines Wisconsin’s ability to proactively set standards where there is a demonstrated public health threat.
Oppose SB 368:  Fill a Wetland First
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose SB 368, which is before the Senate Natural Resources Committee on Thursday.
Wisconsin’s wetlands are critical for flood prevention and water purification.  Wisconsin’s wetlands also contribute to our tourism economy and are great places to hunt.  SB 368 completely reverses Wisconsin’s law by not requiring a developer to first always look at alternate sites to build before filling in a wetland.  SB 368 removes protections for our most sensitive and important wetlands.  Finally, SB 368 allows a developer who wants to build in a wetland to do mitigation in a location that is not connected to the watershed, which can leave the area around the development at risk of flooding or other negative impacts on the watershed.

Oppose AB 165: Return of Stinky Lakes
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose AB 165, which is before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Higher Education on Thursday.
Wisconsinites love their lakes. However, fishing, swimming, and even observing Wisconsin’s lakes are becoming less enjoyable due to algae-choked, stinky lakes.  One culprit is the runoff from phosphorous in lawn fertilizers.   2009 Act 9 prohibited the sale and residential application of fertilizer containing phosphorus to turf in Wisconsin except in certain limited circumstances.  AB 165 would undermine the effectiveness of that ban by allowing retailers to display fertilizer containing phosphorous on their store shelves.   Since this fertilizer can only be used in limited instances under the law, displaying the fertilizer will cause confusion and may result in people accidently buying it for use on their own lawns.

 

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Conservation NOW announces the pro-conservation positions on issues before the Senate, Assembly and/or Governor in the week ahead to state legislators. Others wishing to follow activities in the state legislature also receive Conservation NOW, including legislative staff, conservation voters, and media. All of these issues are tracked on the Conservation Vote Tracker. Issues in the Conservation NOW may appear in the Conservation Scorecard, to be released in the summer of 2012.

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133 S. Butler St., Ste. 320
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 661-0845
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