In the summer of 2011, the US Army Corp of Engineers notified the Walker administration by letter that legislation with so-called streamlined mining application reviews supported by the GOP would conflict with existing Federal law and procedures.
This would lead to more costly, longer reviews.
I wrote about it, here.
The Corps' warnings were again noted: the faster-tracked mine permitting application process likely to be included in the mining bill headed for a rushed state legislative hearing Wednesday in Madison will conflict with the extensive and controlling existing federal procedures.
Any mine that affects federal wetlands would need corps approval. State Sen. Tim Cullen, a Janesville Democrat, released a corps timeline Friday that said that process could take between two and four years.
So why rush forward with a bill that sets up delay?
Because Walker and the GOP-led Legislature are more interested in passing a bill that meets political goals - - pleasing the mine developer and shipping up projected job numbers for news releases and campaign ads - - than they are interested in actually implementing a job-creating agenda for Northern Wisconsin, protecting the environment and respecting the wild-rice waters, land and culture of the Bad River Ojibwe band.