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Mining Wisconsin

File - In this September 1996, file photo, the Flambeau open pit copper mine is viewed in Ladysmith, Wis. Four years after relaxing the state's iron mining laws, Wisconsin Republicans are pushing to lift a moratorium on copper and gold mining, a ban Gov. Scott Walker helped impose as a legislator. Wisconsin law requires sulfide mining applicants to prove a similar mine has operated for 10 years and been closed for 10 years without polluting. No companies have provided any examples. (Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, File)

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