Robert Wirch

End to Wisconsin sulfide mining moratorium moves step closer

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 Senate vote.

The Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry approved the bill on a 3-2 vote. All three Republicans on the panel, including the bill's author, Tom Tiffany, voted for the proposal. The two Democrats on the committee, Jon Erpenbach and Bob Wirch, voted against it, warning that the bill would open the door to pollution.

Tiffany said the bill is about providing minerals for the military and manufacturers as well as creating jobs in...

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