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With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck

Is mining legislation safe enough?

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Greg Peck
January 31, 2013

Most parts of northern Wisconsin are desperate for jobs. Tourism is the lone lifeblood of too many communities, and that depends too often on weather that is inconsistent.

Rich natural resources that invite outdoor recreation have also made Wisconsin ripe for mining. The Badger State nickname and flag symbolize that heritage.

Untapped minerals and the need for jobs create a two-fold reason why Republicans are pushing legislation to make it easier for an iron ore mine to open in Ashland and Iron counties.

The debate is over whether the legislation provides reasonable environmental protections.

We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Friday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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