Michigan regulators have issued the final required permit for a proposed open-pit mine in the Upper Peninsula near the Wisconsin line, although the company still has to take additional steps to protect natural resources.
Local governments are looking to enact their own mining regulations as Gov. Scott Walker prepares to lift Wisconsin's nearly 20-year ban on gold and silver mining, saying they want to protect the environment and make sure taxpayers don't have to clean up any resulting pollution.
Government lawyers asked a federal judge on Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit by the developers of the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine who are seeking to regain their mineral-rights leases, arguing that their dispute belongs in a different court.
Wisconsin Republicans took their first votes Wednesday on a bill that would lift the state's nearly 20-year moratorium on sulfide mining, pushing the measure through committee and clearing the way for a full vote by the Senate.