Suppose you found out you had a tumor near your heart - - bad enough - - but then learned your doctor didn't tell you that the only way to reach this particular growth was to cut through a lung and let it drain. And was OK with the treatment plan.
Now meet the equivalent political surgeon- - State Rep. Joel Kleefisch, (R-Oconomowoc) - - who released last week what reads like a mining industry windshield flyer touting a bill that died earlier this year in the State Senate.
Kleefisch said the bill is aimed at iron mining, which will produce "no risk" of runoff pollution:
The mining bill concerns ferrous mining, meaning that the environmental impact will be minimal. Ferrous mining for iron uses magnets, as opposed to sulfide mining, which uses chemicals. With ferrous mining there is no risk of acid drainage contaminating ground and surface water. The magnets separate the metal from rock.However, there was extensive testimony prior to the vote earlier this year that explained why getting to the Northern Wisconsin iron deposit in question would release acid run-off - - with the Bad River Band's land and water immediately downstream - - because there is pyrite with potentially toxic sulfide on top of the iron ore in the deposit ticketed for blasting and excavation in a proposed an open pit mine up to 1,000 feet deep:
[Former Thompson administration DNR Secretary George] Meyer, currently the executive director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, said anyone who knows anything about rock formations can simply look at the site where the $1.5 billion mine is being proposed to see there are other rock materials on top of the iron ore that will be problematic.
[Additional testimony added that] when a material like pyrite, commonly known as fool's gold, mixes with oxygen, it becomes a toxic substance that also would go unregulated, causing pollution to nearby waterways.4:00 p.m. update:
Note that pyrite is a sulfide: