MADISON  — Clean Wisconsin government relations director Amber Meyer Smith released the following statement following the state Assembly’s party-line passage of the open-pit mining bill today:

“We are deeply disappointed that legislators chose increasing the profits of out-of-state mining companies over protecting the health and welfare of Wisconsin residents by passing the open-pit mining bill today.
 
“Residents from across the state came out to overwhelmingly oppose this bill, with opponents outnumbering supporters more than 5 to 1 at the single public hearing held on the legislation.
 
“While this vote is disappointing, it is nowhere near the end of the story. On behalf of our 20,000 members and supporters, as well as the millions of Wisconsin residents who oppose dangerous mining, Clean Wisconsin will closely monitor any applications to mine in the state and vigorously oppose any proposed mine that threatens the health of Wisconsin residents and our water resources.”