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Hundreds Attend Mining Listening SessionSubmitted: 02/09/2013
Story By Associated Press

ASHLAND - At least 200 people jammed into a hearing today in Ashland. They were there to tell legislators how they feel about streamlining the state's mining laws.

Most of the attendees spoke Saturday against changing the state's permitting process. They say they're concerned about environmental damage that could take decades or longer to repair.

The proposed legislation would help a mining company open a massive iron mine in far NorthWestern Wisconsin.

Mike Wiggins Jr. is the tribal chairman of the Bad River Chippewa Band. He says the mine would threaten sacred rice beds.

Bayfield Mayor Larry McDonald says he's concerned about potential damage to Lake Superior.

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