New Bill In Wisconsin Could Streamline Mining Regulations

Friday, December 9th, 2011 at 7:03 am

State republicans have released a bill to streamline Wisconsin’s mining regulations.

The Associated Press reports the measure is designed to help a mining company open an iron mine just south of Lake Superior. The company says the mine will create thousands of jobs in the state, but they wanted assurances of an end point in the state’s permitting process.

The bill requires state regulators to act on a permit application within 360 days after the application is deemed complete.

The bill also does away with contested case hearings on mine decisions and eliminates citizens’ ability to file lawsuits related to iron mining. Republicans insist people can sue after the permit is approved.

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