WI Senate Mining Bill

By KBJR News 1

February 14, 2012 Updated Feb 14, 2012 at 6:49 PM CDT

Madison, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - While the Senate version is similar to the house bill in many aspects, there are several important differences.

The first is in the time line that the DNR has to approve a permit.

In the Assembly version, the DNR has 360 days to make a decision.

In the Senate version that time line is the same however it can be extended in 30 day increments as long as the DNR and company agree.

The Senate bill splits tax revenue 70-30, with the majority staying in the area in which the mine operates and also requires companies to pay two dollars for every 2,240 pounds of product sold.

The Senate bill also reinstates the contested case hearing that would allow for residents to express their concerns, something that was removed from the assembly version of the bill.

To view the Legislative Council Review of the Assembly version of the bill, click here

To view the Legislative Council Review of the two bills, click here

Written for the web by Elayne Crecelius
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