Counties have six-month 'window' for mining ordinances; 'Mining 101' seminar planned in MinocquaSubmitted: 12/25/2017
Counties have six-month 'window' for mining ordinances; 'Mining 101' seminar planned in Minocqua
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter

RHINELANDER - Two weeks ago, Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill changing state metallic mining laws in a major way.

Wisconsin no longer has a so-called moratorium on copper, zinc, lead, gold, and other sulfide mines, which have the potential to produce acid mine runoff.

But the law doesn't take effect for six months. In the meantime, counties can put in their own mining ordinances for further regulation.

Oneida County, for one, likely won't take any action until at least January 24, according to Zoning Administrator Karl Jennrich.

On that day, the Wisconsin Towns Association and Wisconsin Counties Association will hold a "Mining 101" seminar in Minocqua. Jennrich expects most of the county board to attend to learn more about the new state law.

In the past, companies have shown interest in mining the Lynne Deposit in western Oneida County.

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