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Group to ask public for input on repealing mining law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The group of sportsmen who advise the Department of Natural Resources on outdoor issues plans to ask the public whether Wisconsin’s contentious iron mining law should be repealed.

Republicans passed a law in 2013 that dramatically eased iron mining regulations in hopes of jump-starting Gogebic Taconite’s plans for a mine near Lake Superior. Environmentalists warned the law would open the door to devastating pollution. Gogebic Taconite finally gave up on its plans in early 2015.

The Conservation Congress plans to ask attendees at its annual spring hearings Monday whether they support repealing the law. The question notes that iron mining projects are typically large and could affect thousands of acres of land and water resources around them.

The question is advisory only and isn’t binding on the DNR or lawmakers.

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