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Mining Companies Won't Be Required To Pay For Cleanup

Dec 5, 2017
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BOISE, Idaho – The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it's scrapping rules drafted during the Obama administration that require hard-rock mining companies to clean up their own messes.

The rule made sure companies that mine for gold, copper and other non-coal minerals had enough money set aside to tidy up abandoned mines left in their wake.

Majority Republicans Pass Changes In Mining, Homeowners Laws

Nov 9, 2017

Two widely discussed  pieces of legislation authored by State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst got legislative approval this week and are likely to be signed by Governor Walker.

The state Senate voted Tuesday to repeal the Mining Moratorium law that no longer requires companies to prove that they operated mines elsewhere without long term environmental damage. Tiffany proposed to make it easier for mining companies to get permits -- insisting there's limited environmental risk, and saying he doesn't expect a 'gold rush'...

The state Senate's mining panel endorsed a bill Wednesday from its Republican chairman Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst who said that if opponents had their way, the miner should be taken off the state flag because, quote, "he's not going to work here anymore." (end quote) The vote was 3-2, with Democrats voting no, to send the bill to the full Senate.

An Oneida county committee is asking the county's lawyer whether they can listen to overtures from a mining company about exploring zinc and other minerals in the town of Lynne.