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NEW INFORMATION: Wis. gov signs mining bill

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- After months of bitter debate, Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that relaxes Wisconsin's mining regulations.

The governor signed the measure Monday at Oldenburg Group Inc., a Rhinelander mining equipment manufacturer. He has planned a ceremonial signing in Milwaukee later in the day.

The signing completes a major victory for Walker and his fellow Republicans. They've been working for the better part of two years to pass a bill to help Gogebic Taconite open a huge iron mine near Lake Superior. Republicans say the mine will create thousands of jobs.

Environmental groups contend the legislation will lead to pollution and are mulling lawsuits challenging the bill's provisions. The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is considering a legal challenge as well as occupying the mine site.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker is poised to finally sign a bill that relaxes Wisconsin's mining regulations into law.

Walker is scheduled to sign the bill early Monday afternoon at Oldenburg Group Inc., a mining equipment manufacturer in Rhinelander. He also plans a ceremonial signing in Milwaukee later in the day.

The signing will put the finishing touch on a major victory for Walker and his fellow Republicans. They've been working for the better part of two years to craft a bill to help Gogebic Taconite open a huge iron mine near Lake Superior.

Conservationists contend the mine would pollute the pristine region, but Republicans maintain the mine would create thousands of jobs. Walker has embraced the project as one of his top job creation efforts.


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