Public Hearing Set For Mining Moratorium Law Repeal

Sep 1, 2017

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Last month, Republican State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst and Republican Representative Rob Hutton of Brookfield introduced a bill that would repeal Wisconsin's 20 year moratorium on mining.

The new bill, Mining for America Act, would repeal the Mining Moratorium Law. The Law requires companies to prove a sulfide mine can run for 10 years and be closed for 10 years without acid drainage pollution.

In announcing the public hearing, Tiffany and Hutton said it was time to put the miner on the Wisconsin flag back to work. Backers of the law say the moratorium has protected Wisconsin's water resources.

The public hearing on the bill is Thursday, September 7 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Ladysmith high school. Ladysmith is the site of the most recent mining operation in Wisconsin.