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PETITION TO PROHIBIT THE USE OF CYANIDE IN WISCONSIN MINES

*Mining companies are increasingly using cyanide to extract gold, silver, copper, zinc, and other metals from metallic ore.

*The proposed Crandon zinc-copper mine near the Wolf River would use as much as 18 to 20 tons of sodium cyanide each month during its operation; and Wisconsin also contains other gold deposits that would likely require cyanide for processing.

*Cyanide poses serious environmental risks--from transportation on our roadways, from storage and use at the mine site, and from residuals disposed in waste dumps.

*Cyanide is highly toxic, with tiny traces fatal to human beings, fish and wildlife, and acts as a powerful solvent that can release other toxins.

*Cyanide has been the cause of recent environmental disasters at U.S. mines (in Colorado, Nevada, Montana, Idaho, California, South Dakota, and South Carolina), and at many foreign mines (such as in Romania, Guyana, Canada, Kyrgyzstan, and Papua New Guinea), resulting in massive fish kills and contaminated drinking water.

We, the undersigned support a prohibition on the use of cyanide reagents in Wisconsin mines and metallic ore processing facilities. In 1998, Montana voters banned cyanide for mining, and in 2000 the Czech Republic banned cyanide in mining. Wisconsin must have the strongest mining laws in the nation, in order to protect our abundance of clean water.
Therefore, we urge our legislators to support a ban on the use of cyanide for mining.

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Copies of this petition will be delivered to the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate. Please return completed petitions to the Wolf Watershed Educational Project, c/o Midwest Treaty Network, P.O. Box 14382, Madison, WI 53714-4382. For background information see http://treaty.indigneousnative.org/cyanide.html. For updates call the toll-free Hotline at (800) 445-8615.