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Sen. Tiffany 'hopeful' for metallic mine in northern Wisconsin in near futureSubmitted: 07/04/2018
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
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Sen. Tiffany 'hopeful' for metallic mine in northern Wisconsin in near future
THREE LAKES - Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) remains "hopeful" we'll see a metallic mine in northern Wisconsin in the near future.

Tiffany played a major role in the state's new mining law, which went into effect on Sunday. He believes our part of the state will see a mine soon.

"For someone that agrees with mining, it would be optimistic, three to five years. But I think it's going to happen," Tiffany said. "We have some of the greatest resources here in northern Wisconsin in terms of nonferrous minerals."


Tiffany wasn't surprised to see anti-mining speakers outnumber pro-mining voices at Northwoods hearings this year. Counties rushed to change their mining rules before the July 1 law change.

"It's like many issues, but especially mining is that way, that people who are opposed to it are much more actively engaged," he said.

Tiffany says mining supporters are around, too, but they're not as vocal.

He wrote the law repealing Wisconsin's so-called mining moratorium. It streamlines the process for metallic mining in the state.

"I believe this significant asset we have will be mined at some point. It's just a matter of when," Tiffany said. "It is a great opportunity for us here northern Wisconsin to have more prosperity."

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