WNPJ Sustainability Page

Click the links for more information about WNPJ's Environmental campaigns!

To join WNPJ's Environmental Working Group, e-mail carl@wnpj.org.

 

Mining in Wisconsin

Wisconsin faces a number of threats to our water, air, and culture from mining. WNPJ stands with communities struggling against destructive mining projects. We organized against legislation written by and for Gogebic Taconite to facilitate their quest for a massive open-pit iron mine in the Penokee Hills, upstream of the Bad River Indian Reservation, and continue standing in solidarity with Bad River as the review process moves forward. In western and central Wisconsin, Frac Sand mining is removing picturesque hills and contaminating the air with silica dust to provide a product that facilitates fracking. WNPJ helped organize successful resistance to two bills that would have gutted local government authority to regulate sand mining, and we continue to push for statewide regulation and ultimately a ban on frac sand. Mining companies are also interested in sulfide deposits in Oneida County, along the Michigan border, and near Wausau. Wisconsin's "Prove It First" sulfide mining moratorium law makes it difficult to permit the most polluting of mines, but the law is on the mining industry's hit list and will doubtless need defending in the near future.

 

 

 

  

Carbon Free/Nuclear Free

Wisconsin can build an energy future that gives us affordable power, creates jobs and improves our environment. So why gamble on costly nuclear reactors that generate radioactive waste?

Wisconsin can be carbon free and nuclear free -- if we demand it!

Please click here to sign up for free email updates on our Carbon Free, Nuclear Free campaign. Read below for more information, or contact the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice at diane@wnpj.org or 608-250-9240.

 

 

 

 

Power Lines

WNPJ member group SOUL (Save Our Unique Lands) of the Kickapoo has been building the movement against high-voltage transmission lines planned to criss-cross Wisconsin, being pushed by American Transmission Company to supply industrial customers with dirty coal power from the Dakotas and destructive hydroelectric power from Manitoba. The planned projects will raise utility rates overall, while the Wisconsin Public Service Commission--an unelected 3-member board that wields enormous power over our energy grid--has approved rate reductions for industry and rate hikes for residential and small business customers. SOUL is publicizing the benefits of energy efficiency and distributed generation using clean, safe, small-scale renewable energy technology.