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Assembly members plan visit to Gogebic Taconite mine site

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Mining open pit
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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - About a dozen state Assembly members plan to tour the place where Gogebic Taconite says it would open a new iron ore mine – if legislators vote to make it easier to do so.

Freshman Assembly Republican Mary Czaja of Irma in Lincoln County is organizing the tour, which is set for tomorrow. Her office said Czaja toured the site a few weeks ago, and she thought other lawmakers would benefit from seeing the area.

Six Republicans and six Democrats plan to make the trip – and they’ll pay for the trip themselves.

The GOP in both houses is pushing to create a deadline for approving state mining permits – loosening environmental rules – and limiting public challenges to the DNR’s mining decisions.

The bill’s chief sponsors agree that changes will be made to a package that was unveiled last week.

There’s no timetable for a vote on the measure.

Legislative leaders hope to get it done in the spring.

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