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Key Hearing On Wisconsin Iron Mine Today

Friday, February 17th, 2012 at 7:24 am

The Wisconsin Legislature’s finance committee is set to hold a hearing today on a controversial bill designed to jumpstart an iron mine in northwestern Wisconsin.

Gogebic Taconite wants to dig an open-pit mine just south of Lake Superior. Company officials have promised the project will create hundreds of jobs but want lawmakers to guarantee a stopping point in the state’s open-ended permit process.

Assembly Republicans have passed a measure that would require a permitting decision within a year, eliminate contested case hearings and cap application fees at $2 million. A Senate mining committee developed its own bill, but Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has chosen to drop it and move the Assembly bill instead.

The finance committee hearing is going to be held this morning in the state Capitol.

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