Republicans introduced a bill in January. Under the proposal, the state Department of Natural Resources would have up to 480 days to make a permitting decision, the public couldn't challenge a DNR permitting decision until after the agency made it and any damage a mine causes to wetlands would be presumed necessary. A prohibition on mining operations filling lake beds would be eliminated. So would a prohibition on locating mining waste near lakes, ponds and rivers.Democrats and conservationists say the measure clears the way for pollution that would devastate one of the state's last pristine areas.
GOP-backed Mining Bill Clears Wis. Senate Panel
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