Sierra Club: Mine threatens northern Wisconsin

2011-10-11T12:00:00Z Sierra Club: Mine threatens northern WisconsinThe Associated Press The Associated Press
October 11, 2011 12:00 pm  • 

MADISON — The Sierra Club's Wisconsin chapter says an iron mine in far northwestern Wisconsin would threaten the Bad River watershed, American Indian wild rice harvests and public health.

Gogebic Taconite wants to construct an iron mine in Iron and Ashland counties, saying the project could create hundreds of jobs.

The Sierra Club's John Muir Chapter issued a statement Thursday officially declaring its opposition. The chapter claims the mine would pollute the Bad River watershed with dust, mercury and other heavy metals.

The chapter says even small amounts of water pollution could hurt the Bad River tribe's wild rice harvests and mine dust could hurt mine workers and the public at large.

The company's president, Bill Williams, said he hadn't seen the announcement and had no immediate comment.

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