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200 attend listening session on WI mining bill

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ASHLAND (WKOW) – At least 200 people attended a hearing in Ashland to let legislators know how they feel about legislation to streamline the state's mining laws.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, most of the participants were against changing the states permitting process. They said they're concerned about environmental damage that could take decades to repair.

The listening session was organized in response to proposed legislation that would help a mining company open a massive iron mine in far northwestern Wisconsin.

Republicans said the bill will help it create hundreds of jobs.  Mike Wiggins Jr. is the tribal chairman of the Bad River Chippewa Band and he says the mine would threaten sacred rice beds.  Bayfield Mayor Larry McDonald says he's concerned about potential damage to Lake Superior.

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