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Emotions still running high over controversial mining vote in Assembly

Emotions still running high over controversial mining vote in Assembly

By Todd Hicks. CREATED Jan 27, 2012

MADISON- Emotions still running high after Thursday night's controversial vote to allow more mining in Wisconsin.

The assembly passed the bill to allow a huge open pit iron mine in the Northwoods.  Protestors had to be cleared from the chamber before the vote following several outbursts. 

Friday in Madison, protesters like Barbara With continued to walk the State Capitol grounds speaking with others who are against the plan. She says if the mine is built, "you'll basically be creating genocide, it will destroy the watershed."  State Senator Glenn Grothman from West Bend favors the plan.

The Republican said Friday, "I would anticipate there are some extreme environmentalist groups out there who are going to be opposed to whatever we pass."  The bill will be taken up by the Republican controlled Senate in the coming weeks.

 

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Todd Hicks joined TODAY'S TMJ4 after working at WGBA in Green Bay, where he was an anchor and reporter for the NBC affiliate.