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Walker Predicts Mining Bill will Pass

Posted at: 11/26/2012 11:07 AM
Updated at: 11/26/2012 11:08 AM

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker says he is confident the Republican-controlled Legislature will pass a mining bill next year, but he won't sign anything he believes will hurt the environment.

Walker told The Associated Press in a Monday interview that he believes the June recall election against him made it more difficult for the mining bill to pass this year.

Lawmakers could not reach a compromise on the bill despite pressure from a company looking to open a new iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties.  The company, Gogebic Taconite, said it was ending its effort to open the mine after the Republican version of the bill failed to pass.

Walker says he would look at a bill that would do away with the state's 15-year-old "moratorium" on mines that produce polluting acids, but he doesn't want anything that would jeopardize the state's tourism and agriculture industries.

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