articles tagged "mining"

Tod Ohnstad, State Representative, Talks About The Mining Bill

Thursday, 7 February 2013 | buzz
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Tod Ohnstad, a freshmen state representative in the 65th assembly district representing the Kenosha area, came by the studio on February 7, 2013. Among his many duties he has been placed on the mining committee. Tony and Tod speak about the recent legislation that has been put on the fast track allowing an open pit iron mining operation to be created in northern Wisconsin. The bill is controversial because it lets companies bypass environmental laws that protect fragile ecosystems in the state.     more »

A Closer Look At The Iron Ore Of Northern Wisconsin

Monday, 28 January 2013 | buzz
Iron Ore in Wisconsin

Thomas Evans of the Wisconsin Geologic and Natural History Survey gives us a scientific perspective as to what an open pit mine means for Wisconsin. more »

LCV: Short Notice Public Hearing Helps Push Mining Industry Agenda

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 | buzz
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  Kerry Schumann, Executive Director of Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters spoke with Jan Miyasaki by phone this morning. She was at the State Capitol an hour before a public hearing about the controversial open pit mining bill. The bill was introduced last week on Wednesday, January 16th. “Basically the bill exempts the iron mining industry from our environmental protection [laws]. Things that protect our drinking water, lakes and streams…that every other person, individual or company in the state has to follow, the iron mining industry doesn’t have to follow that.” Schumann said in today’s interview. “This bill is allowing mining companies to dump toxic waste into sensitive wetlands”, said Schumann. The Wisconsin League of Conversation Voters is a non-profit group that is focused on public health and the environment. “We do that by advocating for strong environmental policies in the state Capitol …by electing pro-conservation champions and by connecting citizens from all over the state to what’s happening in the Capitol everyday.” Schumann said, sounding calm and collected moments before the hearing. Schumann told WORT that there were hundreds of concerned citizens from all over Wisconsin descending on the capitol today to confront the fast-tracked bill. Listen to the interview: more »

Bad River Tribe Speaks Out About Mining

Friday, 7 December 2012 | Molly Stentz
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Lawmakers in Madison are debating the definition of “responsible mining” while people living in northwestern Wisconsin are wondering whether a potential open-pit mine there would be at all responsible.   WRNC’s Danielle Kaeding reports on a mining forum held Thursday at Northland College in Ashland. ASHMINE WORT by wort-fm more »

Senator Cullen Advances Proposals for New Mining Law

Thursday, 6 December 2012 | Molly Stentz
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The state’s mining laws are still on the minds of many Wisconsin lawmakers.   A bipartisan committee of Senators met at the Capitol today, in what’s likely to be the last meeting on the topic before the State Senate returns to Republican control in January.   They’ve studied the issue and are now floating their own ideas of how to improve the law.   W-O-R-T’s Molly Stentz has the story from the State Capitol. Mining by wort-fm more »

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