Representative Jeffrey Mursau
State Capitol, Room 18 North
2 East Main Street
Madison, WI 53702
Dear Representative Mursau,
I'm writing to voice my concerns about Special Session AB / SB 24, the
Polluters over People bill. This bill jeopardizes waterways statewide
by pressuring the DNR to rubber stamp permits for high capacity wells
and shoreland zoning; it threatens our air by removing emissions
modeling for coal plants; it paves the way for mining by granting
presumptive prospecting permits; and it cuts out the public and the
judicial system by reducing public noticing and hearing requirements
and allowing a developer to build on a lakebed despite the fact that
this case is currently being litigated.
Wisconsin's future depends on clean water and clean air. We can't
afford a bill that jeopardizes Wisconsin's $2.75 billion dollar per
year sport fishing industry and our $13 billion dollar per year tourism
industry. Chronic air and water pollution threatens our health,
decreases property values, and reduces recreational opportunities.
Wisconsin needs sustainable family-supporting jobs, not a bill that
rubber stamps permits and rewards corporate polluters by cutting vital
protections for air and water and paves the way for the largest mine
our state has ever seen.
Please oppose Special Session bills SB 24 and AB 24 and urge your
colleagues to do the same. I look forward to hearing from you soon on
this critical matter.
Mr. John Fox
From: Rep.Mursau [mailto:Rep.Mursau@legis.wisconsin.gov]
Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2011 3:33 PM
To: John Fox
Subject: RE: Oppose SB 24 to put Polluters over People
Thank you for contacting me with your concerns.
Last week, the Assembly Natural Resources Committee held a joint public
hearing with the Senate Environment Committee on Special Session Bill
24. The bill makes changes to a number of current DNR regulations. As
Chair of the committee I had the privilege of listening to important
testimony from individuals on both sides of the bill.
During the 10 hours of testimony a number of legitimate concerns were
raised. Senator Kedzie (Chair of Senate Committee) and I took note of
these concerns and we intend to offer amendments to make it a better
bill. Once we've introduced the amendments I will follow up with you so
are aware of the changes we're proposing.
Once again, thank you for contacting me. Please continue to keep me
informed on issues that are important to you and your family.