Marathon County to consider metallic mining restrictions in wake of new state law


Marathon County officials are considering a policy that aims to guard against the potential harm of copper and gold mining. The proposal is a response to legislation signed by Gov. Scott Walker in December that paves the way for metallic mining in Wisconsin. > Wausau Daily Herald

Politicized Wisconsin DNR erasing rare wetlands, retired experts say


Retired Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources experts are raising alarms about what they say are unusually bold signs of political influence in the agency that are threatening to allow businesses to destroy wide swaths of rare and valuable wetlands. > Wisconsin State Journal

Exemption for frac mining company hits snag in Wisconsin Senate


Environmental exemptions that would clear the way for a Georgia company to build a $70 million frac sand processing plant in western Wisconsin that conservation groups oppose hit a snag Wednesday in the state Senate. > AP News

Wisconsin ‘State of the Tribes’ speech addresses CWD regulations, mining concerns


On the heels of the “State of the State” and the “State of Black & Brown Wisconsin” addresses, a Menominee Indian tribal member delivered the annual “State of the Tribes” speech Tuesday, asking the Legislature for tougher action to stop chronic wasting disease and to join the fight against the proposed Back-Forty Mine. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Fights against Wisconsin sulfide mining now expected to go local


Depending on who you listen to, sulfide mining is now on the verge of bringing parts of Wisconsin either economic prosperity or environmental disaster. With Gov. Walker signing lifting the state’s metallic mining moratorium Monday, the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters says it’s mobilizing to go local in fighting the potentially toxic mines. > WIZM Radio 1410

Walker signs measure clearing way for copper and gold mining


Gov. Scott Walker signed a measure Monday clearing the way for mining copper and gold in Wisconsin, handing a win to business groups over the proposal’s environmental opponents. In the Rhinelander signing, Walker repealed a nearly two-decade-old state law that barred companies from extracting minerals besides iron because of pollution concerns. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Bill to end Wisconsin’s sulfide mining moratorium heads to Walker’s desk


Legislation to lift Wisconsin’s effective moratorium on sulfide mining is on its way to Gov. Walker’s desk after passing the state Senate on a 19-14 vote Tuesday. A lone Republican joined Democrats in opposing the measure, which has local residents and environmentalists deeply concerned. > Cap Times