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Pasch Criticizes Assembly Republicans after Mining Bill Passes on Party-line Vote

The piece of legislation, which will lax environmental standards in the state, drew harsh disapproval from Democrats after passing the Assembly Thursday.

State Rep. Sandy Pasch starkly criticized Republican legislators Thursday after a bill that will ease environmental standards to make way for a new iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin passed the Assembly on a party-line vote.

The mining bill will ease environmental standards surrounding wetlands, groundwater and rock disposal and eliminate the contested case hearing process, which allows for public participation, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Democrats, including Pasch, and environmentalists have criticized the bill, arguing it weakens water protections, while Republicans say the bill will bring new jobs to the state.

“I have held that we must sincerely engage all stakeholders — not just mining interests — to work together on a bill that will create quality jobs, promote the public interest, protect our public health, and preserve our vital natural resources,” Pasch said in a statement Thursday. “Unfortunately, those supporting this seriously flawed bill have refused to slow down and go back to the drawing board to craft a well-thought bill that would accomplish these goals."

Mining company, Hurley-based Gogebic Taconite, came forward and demanded changes in mining laws, and says it would employ 700 workers in a new mine, according to the Journal Sentinel.

However, Pasch, whose district includes Whitefish Bay, Shorewood and Fox Point, called the legislation a damaging political giveaway and special-interest handout.

“It was drafted behind closed doors by politically connected mining interests, with little-to-no input from key experts or affected community members,” Pasch said. “The bill’s authors — who have repeatedly cowered from taking credit for creating this legislation — clearly did not listen to the significant concerns that have been voiced across the state."

Jerry Person January 29, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Documents have revealed that scooter had a router 20 feet from his office that operated an illegal election scheme and was used to view child porno. Two have been arrested for the child porno viewed on the router and on their iphones. How many more will be arrested for child porno? Did scooter view the child porno too? Scooter had a scheme to remove files from hard drives so scooter thought they were safe. This was a state wide network to elect Walker set up by the National GOP Chairman. One of the user names prosecutors said either Russell or Pierick used to download suspected child pornography was "Walker04." These charges come a week after Governor Walker appointed attorney Jennifer Dorrow, self-described on her website as a "child sex crimes defense lawyer," county judge of the same county where Russell and Pierick committed their crimes. Kelly Rindfleisch is facing four felony counts, accused of spending significant time raising funds for Brett Davis, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in 2010. She served as deputy chief of staff for Executive Walker. According to the criminal complaint, she repeatedly emailed Davis's campaign manager, Cullen Werwie, and asked Werwie to send campaign documents to others because she didn't want her name on it. (Werwie is now Governor Walker's spokesman. Werwie was given immunity in the John Doe investigation.) Cullen Werwie is Walkers chief of staff now. Walker will be arrested soon. Werwie is guilty he just got immunity
Jerry Person January 29, 2012 at 07:51 PM
The donny show perv perv perv http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/large/120105_State_v_Pierick.pdf
Adam W. McCoy January 30, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Let's keep the comments on topic folks. There have been a number of personal attacks on this article, and several others, which have gone over the line. If the personal attacks don't cease, I reserve the right to suspend readers’ commenting privileges. Adam McCoy Shorewood Patch Editor
David Tatarowicz January 31, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Geez Louise --- Who are these Nuts commenting on this posting? Talking about off topic !!! And Donny -- be specific about this Loan that Keith received --- are you talking about the co-op Bookstore? If so, it was not Keith who owned it. Donny if you want to rag on Shorewood officials throwing around money like drunken sailors you will be right in step with what I have been posting for years now. But how about looking into all the largesse that they hand out --- start with Harley's and go to the Kensington and Oakland "giveaway" zone, don't forget about that empty space and empty apartment building at Capitol and the river -- and lastly, how about that high rise that will dwarf the Prys Church ---- and on and on ad nauseum -- come on Donny, Man Up and go after all of it, not just one guy who tried to make a difference and nothing went into his pockets !!!! As for the mining --- a conservative friend of mine once complained to me that a friend of his wanted to buy an old gas station property, but the price was too high because of all the EPA and DNR rules. I asked him if he like to drink gasoline in his water -- to which he responded, yeah I guess you are right, it has to be done. Don't forget the little itty bitty gas spill on Capitol last year --- got into properties all over ---- thank God Nixon was for clean water.
Katheryn September 30, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Mining is dangerous to your health. The link provided is to the Temecula Patch, be sure to watch the video and read the comments - does this sound familiar? http://temecula.patch.com/articles/citizen-reader-shares-mining-sounds

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