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Governor Walker Signs “Mining for America” Bill into Law in Rhinelander

This bill eliminates the “mining moratorium” on the issuance of permits for the mining of sulfide ore.

By - Dec 11th, 2017 01:31 pm

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker signed the “Mining for America” bill into law today at the Rhinelander / Oneida County Airport. The bill eliminates the “mining moratorium” on the issuance of permits for sulfide ore mining without changing environmental standards.

“Mining is a vital piece of Wisconsin’s history and is at the core of our cultural identity,” said Governor Walker. “With this new bill, we’re paying tribute to our state’s rich roots in the field and creating new family-supporting careers in the mining industry, all while protecting our abundant and valuable natural resources.”

Assembly Bill 499 – This bill eliminates the “mining moratorium” on the issuance of permits for the mining of sulfide ore. Additionally, the Department of Natural Resources must find that the technology to be used at a proposed mine is capable of resulting in compliance with air, groundwater, surface water, and solid/hazardous waste management laws. Authored by Senator Tom Tiffany (R—Hazelhurst) and Representative Rob Hutton (R—Brookfield), the bill passed the Senate on a vote of 19-14 and was concurred in the Assembly on vote of 53-38. It is Act 134.

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4 thoughts on “Governor Walker Signs “Mining for America” Bill into Law in Rhinelander”

  1. will says:

    Old scooter giving our state away for pennies just to get reelected and make millions of tax dollars off the hard working people of Wisconsin. Walkers just another a scam artists. Destroying our drinking water, our abundant natural resources and good paying jobs. Wisconsin is truly going back to the dark ages.

  2. Old Man Yells at Cloud says:

    “all while protecting our abundant and valuable natural resources.”

    I love it when elected officials don’t even try to hide their lies.

  3. WashCoRepub says:

    Wonderful economic development news for Northern Wisconsin! Governor Walker proves the ‘can’t, don’t, and won’ts’ wrong every day.

  4. MKE Kid says:

    I wonder what the residents of Kewaunee county would have to say about this who have had their wells dry up or become contaminated because of all the CAFOs sprouting up, courtesy of Walker and his cabal. What good is having a job in an area if your local water sources are contaminated and unusable?

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