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Another mining battle shaping up

MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A rematch is shaping up at the Wisconsin Legislature over proposed streamlining of Wisconsin's mine permitting laws this winter.

Leaders from northern Wisconsin communities pleaded for environmental protections at a hearing of a special legislative committee Thursday.

Officials with the Wisconsin Mining Association also testified before the state Senate Select Committee on Mining. They presented a consultant's report critical of current permitting laws.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Republicans on the committee say the GOP will test its new majorities by trying to again pass the mining bill that failed last session..

Gov. Scott Walker said this week that Gogebic Taconite, the company that wanted to build a mine near Lake Superior but pulled out after the bill failed, is interested in returning if the legislation eases its way.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- One day after Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) urged state legislators to approve a new mining bill in 2013, the bi-partisan Senate Select Committee on Mining met to hear testimony from the head of the Wisconsin Mining Association.

WMA Chairman Tim Sullivan is expected to speak to the committee this afternoon.

On Wednesday, Gov. Walker emphasized his hope that a new mining bill could get done soon to lure Gogebic Taconite back to establish an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin, near Mellen.

A mining bill that would have streamlined the permitting process for G-Tac died in the State Senate in March over environmental concerns.

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