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Alberta Darling

Republican senators say bill to benefit mining company dead

Two influential Republican senators said Wednesday that a proposal the Assembly passed quickly that would allow a Georgia mining company to destroy wetlands containing rare hardwoods in western Wisconsin is dead.

Republican Sen. Alberta Darling, co-chairwoman of the powerful budget-writing committee, and Sen. Rob Cowles, chairman of the Senate's Natural Resources Committee, both told The Associated Press the votes aren't there to pass the bill exempting Meteor Timber from environmental regulations for its $70 million frac sand processing plan.

Cowles called the bill "ridiculous" and "outrageous" because it would allow Meteor Timber to proceed with its...