Bill would limit local control over blasting for mine projectsSubmitted: 10/18/2013
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - Blasting could be part of the process for siting a mine in Northern Wisconsin.

Now a state senator from Hazelhurst wants to limit the ability of local governments to regulate both sand mines and blasting.

Republican Tom Tiffany's bill would ensure local governments can not regulate sand mines using their police powers.

That's their ability to regulate health, safety and welfare.

They could still regulate the mines through zoning ordinances.

The measure also would prohibit locals from regulating blasting activities.

The bill comes as Ashland County officials consider an ordinance controlling blasting work on a proposed iron mine just south of Lake Superior.

Tiffany is looking for co-sponsors to sign onto the bill by Monday.

The Sierra Club's Wisconsin chapter is criticizing the bill as an assault on local control.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)

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