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Corps lists issues with Wis. mining changes


MADISON (WKOW) --  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it could take years to set up any new mines in Wisconsin.

State Republicans introduced a new mining bill this week that streamlines mining regulations. But any mine that affects federal wetlands needs approval of the Corps.

A Corps timeline released Friday by Senator Tim Cullen (D-Janesville) said the process could take between two and four years.

Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) said he didn't believe the review process would lead to major delays.

Republicans have also scheduled a public hearing on the mining bill. It will be Wednesday, January 23 at 9 a.m. in room 411 South at the Capitol.

Republicans say the bill will allow an iron mine to open near Lake Superior, which they say will bring thousands of jobs to the state.

Critics say the mine would hurt the local environment.

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