Momentum to streamline Wisconsin’s mine permitting process is rocketing ahead.
This week, to accelerate Senate action, Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald disbanded a bipartisan mining jobs committee - sending the Assembly’s bill to the budget committee.
It will hold a hearing Friday at the Capital, with a potential Senate vote next week.
Supporters of the faster permitting process say northern Wisconsin needs the jobs an iron ore mine would bring.
Critics insist the state needs time to study whether the operation would irreparably harm the environment.
WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence visited the region to gather residents’ views. She now concludes her series by chatting with researchers on the scene using what they know to predict how a strip mine might affect a pristine watershed.