Fights against Wisconsin sulfide mining now expected to go local

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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

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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 In the Rhinelander signing, Walker repealed a nearly two-decade-old state law that barred companies from extracting minerals besides iron because of pollution concerns.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

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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

Assembly approves bill lifting mining ban

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Republicans moved closer toward lifting Wisconsin’s nearly 20-year ban on gold and silver mining Thursday, arguing on the state Assembly floor that their bill eliminating the prohibition would help jump-start northern Wisconsin’s economy. > Associated Press

Mining bill ready for Assembly vote Thursday

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A bill to repeal the state’s so-called “mining moratorium” is ready for a vote by the state Assembly. It passed out of committee on a 6-3 party line vote, with criticism from Democrats including Milwaukee Rep. Christine Sinicki, calling it a bill “that is going to decimate our environment.” > Wisconsin Radio Network

Bill to soften sulfide-mining regulations moves forward

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Wisconsin Republicans are pushing a bill to ease the regulation of acid-generating sulfide ore mines. Thirteen Republicans sponsored S.B. 395, which was introduced in August, and a committee recently approved it on a 3-2 party-line vote, clearing it for a full Senate vote. > Wisconsin Gazette