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WMC applauds the Wisconsin legislature for passing mining reform. Read the latest press release here.

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Wisconsin is fortunate to have one of the largest untapped iron ore deposit in North America located in our state. The twenty-two mile deposit is located near Hurley in Iron County, and extends to an area near Mellen in Ashland County. The site’s widest point is approximately 1,200 yards, and is estimated to contain up to 2.2 billion tons of iron ore.

Mining this ore provides an incredible economic opportunity for Wisconsin’s citizens. The project would create thousands of jobs in an area of Wisconsin that desperately needs them. However, the economic benefit of the mining project would extend to virtually every corner of the state. From mining equipment manufacturers in the Milwaukee area like P&H Mining and Bucyrus, to numerous foundries and suppliers throughout Wisconsin, the project will have a profoundly positive impact on jobs and our economy.

In order to unleash the economic potential of the mining project, and provide immediate job creation for Wisconsin, the Legislature adopted an iron ore mining statute. The legislation achieves the dual goals of allowing iron ore mining to move forward in a timely fashion, while ensuring that iron mining will be done in an environmentally responsible manner.


Related Material:
Voters Overwhelmingly Support Iron Mining Reform (2/26/13)
Voters Support Iron Mining Reform: WMC Polls Find (2/2013)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial Board Mining Chat with Scott Manley (2/21/13)
WMC's Scott Manley Testifies in Support of Iron Mining Reform (1/23/13) (WisconsinEye)
(Scott Manley's testimony begins at counter mark 5:14:53)
WMC Testifies in Support of Iron Mining Reform (1/23/13)
WMC Legislative Alert: Urge Your Legislators to Support the AB 1 and SB 1 Iron Mining Bill
The Truth About Iron Mining Legislation: Questions and Answers on Environmental Regulations
On Mining: Kurt Bauer on Fourth and State (video)
Wisconsin Business Voice: Spotlight on Mining
Governor Walker Urges Swift Passage of Iron Mining Reform (State of the State Address)
Legislature Must Seize Opportunity to Create Mining Jobs
Lawmakers of Both Parties Learn About Mining Manufacturing
Fraser Institute Study
WMC: Iron Mining Reform

Press Releases:
WMC Praises Governor Walker for Signing Historic Iron Mining Reforms (3/11/13)
WMC Lauds Assembly Passage of Historic Iron Mining Reforms (3/7/13)
WMC Praises Senate Passage of Iron Mining Reforms (2/27/13)
Media Advisory: WMC Mining Expert Speaks to Milwaukee Rotary Today (2/19/13)
WMC Urges Swift Passage of Iron Mining Reforms (2/6/13)
WMC Opposes Jauch Mining Tax Hike (2/6/13)
WMC Urges Passage of Iron Mining Reforms (1/23/13)
WMC Commends Introduction of Mining Legislation (1/16/13)



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Related Material:
WMC Testifies on Iron Mining Reform Bill Before Joint Finance Committee (WisconsinEye Video)
WMC Testimony: Support for Assembly Bill 426 and Senate Bill 488 (2/17/12)
Wisconsin Among 10 Worst Mining Climates in the World (2/14/12)
February Mining Legislative Update (2/7/12)
Iron Mining Reform: Myth vs. Fact
Assembly Bill 426: Iron Mining Reform (Briefing Paper)
WMC Testimony: Support for LRB 3520 - Iron Mining Legislation (12/13/11)
Iron Mining Bill Presentation (12/3/11)
Business Coalition Support Letter (12/1/11)
WMC Testimony: Iron Mining Legislation (10/27/11)
Mining Jobs Impact Study
Mining Tax Impact Study
Polling Memo on Iron Mine Support

WMC Press Releases:
Schultz, Jauch Lead Senate Democrats in Killing Iron Mining Jobs in Wisconsin (3/7/12)
WMC Lauds JFC Approval of Compromise Iron Mining Bill (3/6/12)
Iron Mining Reform Coverage (2/15/12)
Wisconsin Among the 10 Worst Mining Climates in the World (2/14/12)
WMC Lauds Assembly Passage of Iron Mining Reform Bill (1/27/12)
Wisconsin Business Coalition Supports Iron Mining Reform (1/26/12)
Proposed Iron Mine a Win for Jobs, Taxpayers & the Environment (12/19/11)
WMC Hails Assembly for Advancing Needed Mining Reforms (12/8/11)
Twenty-four Business Groups Urge Passage of Iron Mining Legislation (12/6/11)
WMC Hails Bi-Partisan Cooperation on Mine Near Hurley (11/11/11)
Wisconsin Needs Iron Mine in Northern Wisconsin for Job Creation (10/27/11)
Iron Mine Support Grows (10/21/11)
WMC Hails Creation of Senate Select Committee on Mining Jobs
Wisconsin Voters Strongly Support Northern WI Iron Mine
Wisconsin Needs Jobs for Generations Act Approved
WMC Urges Approval of "Jobs for Generations" Act

Jobs, the environment can coexist (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Allow mine with safeguards (Wisconsin State Journal)
Learn from example of Wisconsin’s last iron mine: Lake Wazee
 (Wisconsin State Journal)
Critics: Something for everyone to dislike in WI Senate mining bill (Wisconsin Reporter)