Dear Editor,

State Rep. John Nygren’s recent column in the July 5 edition of the EagleHerald raised one issue that needs to be addressed, groundwater contamination, and omitted another, sulfide ore mining.

AB1006, authored by Nygren, would have required DHS to “establish state health-based groundwater quality standards for perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctane sulfonate, commonly referred to as PFOA and PFOS, respectively” (per AB1006). According to WI. State Legislature documents, the Bill was introduced March 8, 2018, and died 20 days later on March 28. It had no co-sponsors. There was no hearing. It did not become law.

Nygren did vote for recent legislation that became law, AB499, Nov. 2, 2017. AB499 repealed “the existing prohibition on issuing sulfide ore mining permits” and eliminated the “prove it first” law in Wisconsin. “Prove It First,” which passed with near unanimous bipartisan support nearly 20 years ago, has offered this state protection from sulfide ore mining for many, many years ... “Bill to end Wisconsin’s effective sulfide mining moratorium heads to Scott Walker’s desk,” The Capital Times, Nov. 8, 2017.

Both of these issues, groundwater contamination and sulfide ore mining, are very important to the Marinette area which Nygren represents. When our public health and environment are threatened we need Nygren to consistently advocate for and act in the best interest of the citizens he represents.

 

Tom Faller

Marinette