A bill that would end the so-called sulfide mining moratorium was touted by backers today as an economic development opportunity for northern Wisconsin on the heels of the Foxconn announcement.
But environmental activists argued it would come at the expense of clean water and jeopardize the state’s other natural resources.
Still, GOP bill authors Rep. Rob Hutton and Sen. Tom Tiffany, who also chairs the committee, argued the legislation could be a boon to the opposite side of the state, as southeastern Wisconsin is being awarded the Foxconn deal.
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