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Carl Sack, (608) 250-9240, firstname.lastname@example.org
January 13, 2013
New map shows extent of potential mining in Wisconsin
Leaders in the Wisconsin Legislature have announced that passing a new mining bill is their top priority. Such a bill could come as early as this week, according to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester). It will likely be a slightly modified version of last session's AB 426, which would significantly weaken public input and environmental standards in the iron mine permitting process.
Not just Gogebic Taconite's proposed Penokee Iron Mine, but other potential metallic mines in Wisconsin could be aided by the new legislation. Currently, Wisconsin's unique "Prove It First" mining moratorium law states that before developing a mine in sulfide rock, a permit applicant must present an example of a mine that has been operated for ten years and closed for ten years without generating polluted runoff. No mining applicant has yet passed this commonsense test. The Wisconsin Mining Association has requested the sulfide mining moratorium be stripped from the state's mining laws.
The map below (click for higher-quality PDF) shows the major known mineral deposits in northern Wisconsin, highlighting historic mining proposals and those currently waiting in the wings for a regulatory environment that puts the interests of mining companies over citizen input and environmental concerns. The map was first created in 2002 by Zoltán Grossman, and updated this month by Carl Sack.