Two Wisconsin lawmakers on Thursday introduced a controversial proposal to repeal state law requiring mining companies to demonstrate that they have operated without polluting before they are permitted to extract metals here.
“People want to make things in America again,” said Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst. “Our neighbors, Minnesota and Michigan, have placed their shovels in the dirt of America’s future. It is Wisconsin’s turn to do the same.”
Tiffany, who was instrumental in a 2013 law relaxing state iron mining regulations, has been talking for months about lifting the so-called “moratorium” on mining for sulfide metals such as copper and gold.
By its very nature, mining is an intrusive process. But it can be done in a way that minimizes the long term damage. As long as we humans insist on using natural resources, I would rather mine it in Wisconsin where Wisconsinites can enjoy the economic benefit while also ensuring it is done as safely as possible.