Metal Mining Proposal

posted Sep 11, 2017, 6:07 AM by Ryan Quinn
A proposal to make it easier for metal mining companies to operate in Wisconsin was the topic Thursday at a public listening session held in Ladysmith. 

After Rusk County's copper mine closed in the late 1990’s, laws were put in place limiting mining in the state. 

Now, some state lawmakers want to see mines become part of the landscape again. 

Not everyone supports the effort to bring mining back to the state, citing concerns about drinking water and other environmental risks. 

Others say regulations are strict enough, and point to the positive impact mining would have on the state's economy.  

Thursday's meeting lasted several hours with over 100 people in attendance.