Gov. Walker Signs In New Ferrous Mining Law

By KBJR News 1

March 11, 2013 Updated Mar 11, 2013 at 6:38 PM CDT

(NNCNOW.com)-- After years of passionate debate and tedious legislation, Wisconsin has new rules that changes the way it does ferrous mining.

Gov. Scott Walker signed Senate Bill One into law Monday to the satisfaction of those who say thousands of mining related jobs will be created, many of those in Northwest Wisconsin.

Gov. Walker signed the bill in Rhinelander, Wisconsin at a mining equipment manufacturer, just one of the places his administration says will benefit from the passage of Senate Bill One.

The new law will streamline the permitting process for ferrous mining, one stipulation the Gogebic Taconite wanted in order to invest in a mining project in the Penokee Range, near Mellon, Wisconsin.

A spokesperson for Gogebic Taconite said they are exited to get to work on the applications to both the state of Wisconsin, and the Army Core of Engineers to get mining permits.

The bill also changes environmental laws, and according to State Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, the provision relating to navigable waters could keep a mining project held up in court.

In the state of Wisconsin, the Public Trust Doctrine requires the state to intervene to protect the commercial and recreational of navigable waters.

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