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Sample Resolution for Local (Village, Town, County, etc.) Governments

ROLL CALL ___________________ Board
(County, Town, Village etc.), WISCONSIN

Session Date
Resolution No.
First Reading: Date
Second Reading: Date

RESOLUTION SUPPORTING A
PROHIBITION ON THE USE OF CYANIDE IN WISCONSIN MINES

Therefore be it resolved that we support Assembly Bill 95 and Senate Bill 160 prohibitng cyanide use in Wisconsin mines.

WHEREAS mining companies are increasingly using cyanide to extract gold, silver, copper, zinc, and other metals from metallic ore; and,

WHEREAS 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 is known to contain other gold deposits that would likely require cyanide for processing; and,

WHEREAS cyanide poses serious environmental risks--from transportation on our roadways, from storage and use at the proposed Crandon mine site, and from residuals disposed in waste dumps; and,

WHEREAS 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; and,

WHEREAS 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; and,

WHEREAS in 1998, Montana voters banned cyanide for mining, and a similar ban initiative is underway in Colorado; and,

WHEREAS Wisconsin must have the strongest mining laws in the nation in order to protect our abundance of clean water,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the (Town, Village, County, etc.) of ____________________________________ supports a prohibition on the use of cyanide reagents in Wisconsin mines and metallic ore processing facilities.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Wisconsin State Legislature is urged to pass legislation to prohibit the use of cyanide in Wisconsin mines and metallic ore processing facilities.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the State Representative and State Senator representing (County, Town, Village etc.), the DNR Secretary, the Governor and the Wisconsin (Counties, Towns) Associations.

ROLL CALL
ADOPTED
LOST
VOTE TALLY

INTRODUCED BY:

STATE OF WISCONSIN
SS

(County, Town, Village etc.)

I, _________________ Clerk of (County, Town, Village etc.), Wisconsin do hereby certify that the above is a true and correct copy of the resolution passed by the (County, Town, Village etc.) Board of Supervisors on this date.

Date
Signature
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Name of Clerk, (County, Town, Village etc.) Clerk