Environment

Environment
12:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Episcopal Bishop Outlines Religious Reasons to Protect Environment

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori chats with associate dean of research Val Klump at School of Freshwater Sciences.
Credit Susan Bence

We normally think of debate and discussion over topics such as water quality and climate change in either scientific or economic terms. For example, what are the implications for business and employment in the face of increased environmental regulation?

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Mines
12:00 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Mining Hearing Draws Crowds and Continued Debate

Tyler Forks Gorge is located just east of where proposed mine would break ground.
Credit Susan Bence

No one expected Wednesday’s hearing on a mining bill at the state Capitol to be a short or calm affair, and it was not.

Dozens of people squeezed into the chamber for what is slated to be the only public hearing on a GOP propelled piece of legislation.

It’s designed to push a proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin into a living, breathing job creator.

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Mines
12:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Mining Supporter: Four Reasons We Should Make It Easier to Mine

Supporters line up in the state Capitol to support a bill streamlining the process to mine in Wisconsin.
Credit Iron County Development

Mining is in the air at the state capitol. Yesterday, Democratic Senator Tim Cullen unveiled his version of a iron ore mining bill he believes balances environmental protection and the potential of jobs in the Penokee Hills that straddle Iron and Ashland counties.

The bill relates to a proposed mining operation just below Lake Superior, in the wetland- and stream-rich Bad River watershed. Meanwhile, at this hour in Madison, a recently released GOP bill is being scrutinized and commented on at a public hearing - it is the only one scheduled for the bill.

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Mines
12:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Mining Back on Fast Track

Site of former Plymouth Mine in Wakefield Michigan - approx 10 miles east of Hurley in Iron County. Lake feeds City of Wakefield's water supply.
Credit K Klein

There will be a flurry of activity at the state Capitol this week – and mining legislation is the topic of discussion.

GOP leaders will hold a public hearing, but not before a Democratic senator reveals a mining bill of his own.

A piece of land just south of Lake Superior – rich not only in streams and wetlands, but also in iron ore, is propelling the debate.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence looks at the debate which seems to be accelerating at a furious pace.

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Mines
12:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Republicans Put Forward Another Mining Bill

Penokee wetlands
Credit P Rasmussen

Just hours after Gov. Walker said his agenda includes rewriting Wisconsin's mining laws, Republican legislators introduced a slightly-reworked mining bill. Most of it is similar to the plan the Senate rejected by one vote last year.

New GOP Senator Tom Tiffany touted the new plan as one that would enable the state to create thousands of new jobs without weakening environmental standards.

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