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Hearing held on new mine in Ashland

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

ASHLAND - Residents in northern Wisconsin got a chance to comment on a new permitting law for mines and that's what they did.

A crowd of more than 200 showed up in Ashland yesterday, a majority of them saying streamlining state laws would mean devastating environmental damage for that mostly pristine part of the Badger State.

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The listening session was set up by Democratic state Senator Tim Cullen of Janesville. He's the sponsor of legislation offered as an alternative to a Republican bill passed last week by mining committees in both the Assembly and Senate.

Easing mining regulations is a Republican idea to help Gogebic Taconite open a huge iron mine in northwestern Wisconsin. They say the project would mean hundreds of much-needed jobs.

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