CONTACT: Senator Tom Tiffany, 608-266-2509 and Representative Rob Hutton, 608-267-9836

LADYSMITH, Wis. – Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and
Forestry held a public hearing on Senate Bill 395 in Ladysmith, WI.

“The committee heard testimony from both experts and local residents that demonstrated that the Flambeau Mine was a successful mine. We also heard testimony attesting to the vast economic opportunity that lays right beneath our feet,” said Senator Tiffany. “Mining can be done safely, responsibly, and there is no better place to do it than in Wisconsin. It is time to repeal the arbitrary mining moratorium and provide opportunity for northern Wisconsin.”

“It was good to travel to Ladysmith today to hear from many people and experts who helped provide clarity on how this legislation will allow for safe and efficient non-ferrous mining,” said Representative Hutton. “Public hearings serve as an important opportunity for citizens to share their perspective on how legislation will impact their communities.”

We would like to thank Ladysmith High School and the Administrator Paul Uhren for their
hospitality, Ladysmith City Administrator, Al Christianson, for hosting a tour at the reclaimed Flambeau Mine site, and the citizens who provided nine hours of testimony. We look forward to reviewing testimony as we continue crafting this legislation.

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