Committee Winding Down Mining Testimony

By KBJR News 1

November 29, 2012 Updated Nov 29, 2012 at 7:59 PM CDT

Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com)-- A Wisconsin Mining Committee is at the tail end of testimony before drafting new legislation that streamline the process of opening a new mine in the state, while protecting the environment at the same time.

Wisconsin State Senator Bob Jauch says the Chair of the State Mining Association wants improvements to last year's mining bill that failed to pass the state Senate.

Last year's lengthy legislative discussion prompted Gogebic Taconite to back off on plans to open an iron ore mine in Northwestern Wisconsin.

Senator Jauch said today's meeting was constructive.

There will be one more day of testimony next week.

Senator Jauch says a new mining bill should be drafted soon after that.