... As I said during Senate deliberation of this bill, this entire process is a poster child for how a bill should never become law. The bill was written by a West Virginia coal company and modified to please the company. It is a sad day when this company with no roots in Wisconsin can have the power to control Wisconsin Government in an effort to weaken environmental policy, mute the public voice, and shortchange Wisconsin taxpayers. ...~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Sunday 2/24/2013 ... the front page of Wisconsin State Journal ... Gogebic to destroy wetlands and then replace them with "man-made versions" ... how does that work! How about show us those first and then we will see!
This morning on WPR it was said hearings will be Wednesday (1/23) and only in Madison - 12 hours ... assuming I heard it correctly?!
Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 11:38 pm | Updated: 12:02 am, Thu Jan 17, 2013.MADISON — A Republican-backed mining bill released Wednesday maintains state environmental standards while streamlining the permitting process, its author said.
“Our bill requires the (Department of Natural Resources) to use existing state standards for emissions. It doesn’t weaken environmental standards,” said State Sen. Thomas Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, chairman of the Senate Committee on Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining and Revenue.
State Sen. Robert Jauch, D-Poplar, disputed Tiffany’s claims, and he and fellow senators Tim Cullen, D-Janesville, and Dale Schutz, R-Richland Center, will introduce alternative legislation Friday.
State Rep. Janet Bewley, D-Ashland, criticized the bill as “purely political” legislation that weakens environmental standards and its net proceeds tax provision delays revenue to local governments.
“Net proceeds means locals get no money until the mine produces a profit, and local governments need the same kind of predictable revenue as anyone else,” she said. “This bill doesn’t do that.
Bewley also said she’ll ask GOP leaders to schedule a public hearing on their bill in northern Wisconsin so residents there will get an adequate opportunity to comment on it.
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