The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin opposes any new mining legislation that weakens environmental protections or reduces opportunities for citizen comment or legal redress.
Current mining law balances the needs of mining companies against the public interest in clean air and water. It recognizes that mining inevitably leads to pollution and destruction of natural areas, yet offers reasonable environmental protection if the DNR is vigilant, and has sufficient staff, time, and information. Any compromise of these elements would constitute a give-away of our natural heritage and our civic legacy.
Adopted by LWV Ashland-Bayfield Counties board of directors August 15, 2011; recommended by LWVWI Legislative Committee August 16, 2011; adopted by LWVWI board of directors August 19, 2011.