New coalition supports mining safeguards

An open letter from more than 75 organizations, including WNPJ, urges state legislators to maintain Wisconsin's mining safeguards.  The newly proposed mining bill is nearly identical to last session's extreme measure, which would have endanged key wetlands and watersheds.

"This is the beginning of a new network of organizations both in Wisconsin and around the region concerned that Gogebic Taconite has worked to change mining laws based on false claims about the safety of taconite mining compared to metallic sulfide mining,” said Al Gedicks, Executive Secretary of the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council, a WNPJ member group.

Gedicks added that it makes no sense to repeal Wisconsin's strong "prove it first," or mining moratorium law, since "there is still no example of a mine ever successfully operating in metallic sulfide minerals."