The state is holding its first of two required public hearings in the mining permit process in Hurley tomorrow. The meeting will be streamed live on WPR.org.And to Bad River chairman Mike Wiggins Jr. for this perspective:
When a new iron ore mining bill passed the state legislature last winter, Bad River Tribal Chairman Mike Wiggins figured his best bet to protect the watershed leading to his reservation and Lake Superior was through the federal government. He says the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have more integrity than the new state law.
“Bulk sampling is a joke and was actually a mining company construct that they got in the state law,” says Wiggins.