New mining bill raises environmental concerns for Wisconsinites

For more than a decade Wisconsin’s most precious resources have been protected by a mining law that was signed back in 1998.

Gov. Tommy Thompson signed the moratorium into law, which requires companies to prove a sulfide mine can run for a decade without polluting state waters and a sulfide mine has been closed in the state for a decade without polluting the water.

Republican Sen. Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst plans to introduce a bill this session repealing the moratorium. He says the Flambeau copper mine near Ladysmith proves a sulfide mine can operate safely, making the moratorium moot.

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