Wis. Senators write letter to legislture to revisit mining law

By KBJR News 1

January 8, 2014 Updated Jan 8, 2014 at 8:55 PM CDT

Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- Wisconsin Senator Bob Jauch, along with two other democratic legislators, have sent a letter to the legislature asking them to revisit the state's mining law.

The letter comes after the Army Corps of Engineers denied the Wisconsin DNR's request to work on an environmental impact statement for Gogebic Taconite, a company proposing to open a mine in Northern Wisconsin.

Senator Jauch says the letter he and his colleagues sent to the legislature urges changes that would make the current law acceptable to environmental protection agencies like the DNR.

The current Wisconsin law gives the DNR 420 days to complete an environmental impact statement while the federal government has two to four years to do the same thing.

Senator Jauch says the refusal of the Corps of Engineers to work on the EIS will hold up the study by five to six years.

"The corps has been telling this legislature throughout this process that they were not going to be able to collaborate based upon the changes of law and this legislature ignored them and now a reality has appeared," said Jauch.

Jauch wrote the letter with senators Tim Cullen and Dale Schultz.

Meanwhile G–Tac has set up another set of one–on one meetings to give the public an opportunity to ask questions about their proposed mine.

They say the one–on–one sessions, which are being held this week, create an atmosphere protected from conflict.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.