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Mining Protest Planned At Capital Saturday

Updated: Saturday, January 26, 2013 -- 6:16 a.m.

A rally is expected outside the Capital building on Saturday to take on the state's controversy new mining proposal.

According to the event's Facebook page, the rally is set to start at noon followed by a march at 1 p.m.

The protesters are opposed to new proposals that would streamline the state's mining process.

Supporters say the new rules would lure an iron-ore mine to northern Wisconsin. They say that could create thousands of jobs. However, critics say it could endanger also the environment.

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UPDATED Wednesday, January 23, 2013 --- 12:57 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republicans have started their push to pass mining legislation at a messy public hearing.

Dozens of people jammed the hearing Wednesday before the state Senate and Assembly mining committees in the state Capitol. The Assembly panel's chairwoman, Republican Rep. Mary Williams, declared committee members would be allowed to ask only two questions of each person who speak.

Democratic committee members flew into a rage when Williams used the rules to cut off questions for the bill's authors. Rep. Brett Hulsey, a Madison Democrat, shouted out that the hearing amounted to a kangaroo court.

The bill would make sweeping changes to Wisconsin's mining regulations in hopes of persuading Gogebic Taconite to open an iron mine just south of Lake Superior. Conservationists contend the project would devastate the pristine area.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Wednesday January 23, 2013 -- 5:23 a.m.

Republicans are set to begin their push to pass mining legislation with a public hearing.

The Assembly and Senate mining hearings plan to kick off the hearing Wednesday morning at the state Capitol. The committees aren't expected to vote, but the bill's opponents and supporters will be out in force to make their voices heard.

Republicans have introduced a sweeping bill that would overhaul mining regulations in hopes of persuading Gogebic Taconite to open an iron mine just south of Lake Superior. The bill would create a 480-day window for state regulators to make a permitting decision and allow waste materials near lakes, rivers and streams.

Proponents say the mine would create thousands of jobs. Conservationists say the project would devastate the pristine area.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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