Companies looking to mine copper, gold and silver in Wisconsin will face higher costs and have to work around an extensive list of off-limit areas under new rules the state Department of Natural Resources policy board overwhelmingly approved Wednesday.
Mining applicants would have to pay more for permits and licenses, supply more detailed plans to state regulators, and work around a new list of areas deemed off-limits under regulations the state Department of Natural Resources is developing.
Despite acknowledging that federal agencies had given the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin a “runaround”, a federal appeals court ruled against the tribe this week in a lawsuit over a permit for the Back Forty mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Over and over, Michigan environmental regulators had sounded alarms as they reviewed a proposed large, open-pit ore mine in the Upper Peninsula near the Menominee River, prized for walleye fishing and being a tributary to Lake Michigan.
Developers of a proposed copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota are courting bankers for $950 million in financing, even as environmental groups push back against the project over fears of water pollution.
A Milwaukee Common Council committee gave a favorable recommendation on Tuesday to proposals advancing both Komatsu Mining Corp.'s plans for a waterfront headquarters and a nearby development overseen by Michels Corp.