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Wisconsin Governor Tries To Rejuvenate State's Mining Industry Amid Protest

NPR | Feb. 25, 2013 4:23 p.m.

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Shawn Johnson

Plagued by a stagnant economy, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is pushing a rewrite of his state’s mining laws to clear the way for a massive open pit iron mine. Backers hope the project could rejuvenate an industry that helped build Wisconsin, although it’s been mostly dormant for more than 50 years. But the proposal’s sweeping changes to environmental protections have met fierce opposition in a state that also prides itself on its history of protecting the earth.

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