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Conservationists launch TV ad opposing mining bill

Massive mining vehicles along a roadway built into the wall of Upper Michigan’s Empire Mine (right) are barely visible in the vastness of the 1,200-foot-deep pit. As Wisconsin debates a return to iron ore mining for the first time in nearly 30 years, Michigan's Empire and adjacent Tilden mines offer a window into how the industry operates today. READ MORE | PHOTO GALLERY Photo: Image by Mark Hoffman

Conservationists launch TV ad opposing mining bill

By The Associated Press. CREATED Jan 25, 2012

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Conservationists have launched a television ad imploring the state Senate to block a contentious mining bill.
The Republican measure would streamline the state's mining permitting process. It's aimed at helping Florida-based Gogebic Taconite open an iron mine just south of Lake Superior.
The state Assembly is expected to consider the bill Thursday. Passage is all but certain, putting the measure in the Senate.
The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters' ad began running statewide Wednesday. The ad asks people to call their senators and tell them to stop the legislation. The ad says the bill would leave families exposed to hazardous chemicals unearthed during the mining operation.
Gogebic Taconite President Bill Williams dismissed the ad as fear-mongering. He says no one has tested the mine site's chemical composition.