Mining leaders in Wisconsin downplay concerns over proposed bill

CREATED Nov 4, 2013

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  • Senate Bill 349 regulates matters related to Wisconsin’s non-metallic mining industry. Photo Courtesy of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Image by Journal Sentinel Files

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Sand mine industry leaders say concerns that a Republican bill would dramatically weaken local governments' control over their projects is overblown.
Senator Tom Tiffany's proposal would bar local governments from using their police powers, which give them broad authority to regulate public safety, to impose requirements on sand mines.
The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram says that Rich Budinger, director of the Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association, said the bill still allows locals to use their zoning powers to regulate sand mines.
He also says the mines are already subjected to multiple regulations across all levels of government.

Tiffany has said he doesn't expect the Senate to take up the bill before the end of the year.