Further, iron mining does not utilize toxic chemicals. What gets "dumped" is stuff that came from Gaia in the first place.
....current law does not require mitigation for wetland impacts occurring as part of a mining project. [In contrast,] Assembly Bill 426 requires compensation activities and/or mitigation at a ratio of up to 1.5 to 1 for each acre of wetland adversely impacted in the mining process. As a result, the bill may result in a net increase of wetland acreage in our state
The bill would allow mining corporations to contaminate the groundwater of neighboring properties
This statement is completely false.
The bill requires the DNR to review a mining permit in 360 days, which is much shorter than the 3 ½ year average of the Army Corps of Engineers.
Except for the fact that the ACE does not "review" mining-permit applications. Moreover:
Plenty more at the link.
Perhaps the Editorial Board should have run the following instead:
We oppose mining in Northern Wisconsin. When and if we find good reasons, we'll get back to you. --Signed, The Luddites.
Much more honest, anyway.