Archive | October, 2013
Iron County Mining Impact Committee Chair Leslie Kolesar, representing Wisconsin Mining Association, misleads the public on the safety of water at the old Plymouth Mine in Michigan. Kolesar is again misleading the public with comments regarding the use of "clean" tailings in Iron County.

Iron County Mining Impact Committee Chair Leslie Kolesar Misleads Public on Mine Tailings

October 31, 2013 by Barbara With Leslie Kolesar, chair of the Iron County Mining Impact Committee, recently claimed that tailings from the defunct Montreal iron mine near Hurley were deemed safe to use as fill in a Superfund Site in Ironwood, MI. Kolesar was corrected by Kathy Halbur, EPA specialist who confirmed that no such […]

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SB 349 co-author Rep. Joan Ballweg waits for the hearing to begin. Photo by Rebecca Kemble

Wis. Republicans Disregard Public Health and Safety in Favor of Frac Sand Mining

October 25, 2013  by Bruce Johnson [Bruce Johnson is a Supervisor on the Town of Pepin board and serves as the Pepin Plan Commission chair. -Editors] I travelled to Madison this week to present a unanimous resolution from the Town of Pepin Board opposing an attempt in the state legislature to preempt all local units […]

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Bill Williams, Gogebic Taconite's former president, and two other executives are being fined more than $300,000 for their role in the company's Cobre Las Cruces mine near Seville, Spain. A Spanish court found the three guilty of water contamination and illegally taking water from a Seville aquifer meant strictly for the city's residents in case of an emergency, according to Spanish court documents

Bill Williams Claims DNR Dragging Feet; DNR Says “Ball is in GTac’s Court”

October 20, 2013 by Wendy Thiede To the editors of the Ironwood Daily Globe, Attached is a letter to the editor I have written in response to the article in Saturday’s paper headlined “GTac still waiting to hear from WDNR.” I personally attended and recorded the meeting of the Iron County Mining Impact Committee on […]

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Ashland County Mining Impact Committee Hears Warnings from Northland Professor

October 16, 2013 by Barbara With The Ashland County Mining Impact Committee met this morning before a full house to hear information given by Dr. Tom Fitz, a Northland College professor who was part of the team that discovered abundant amounts of asbestos in the Penokee Hills. Present at the talk and standing in support […]

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Dr. Tom Fitz, geologist with Northland College. Photo: Barbara With

Fitz Discovers More Asbestos Near GTac Proposed Bulk Sampling Site

October 15, 2013 by Barbara With According to WPR, Northland College Geologist Dr. Tom Fitz has found four more areas around a proposed iron ore mine site in the Penokee Hills that contain high levels of asbestos. Fitz was one of a a team of independent scientists who released findings last week of abundant amounts […]

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Glenn Grothman, who serves on ALEC Education and International Relations Task Forces.

Asbestos Lobby Pushes Bill to Make Victims’ Claims More Difficult

October 14, 2013 by Barbara With This is the second in a WCMC four-part series on asbestos. Back in February when Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) and Rep. Andre Jacque (R-De Pere) introduced AB19/SB13, otherwise known as the “Asbestos Claims Transparency Act,” many wondered who really wrote the bill. Both Jacque and Grothman are members […]

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A cross polarized light image of a piece of grunerite asbestos from Bulk Sampling Site 4 taken by pointing a cell phone down the camera port of a microscope showing the asbestos needles. The width of the piece is approximately 300 µm. Photo: Dr. Joseph Skulan

Grothman Brings Back Asbestos Bill Just in Time for DNR Revelation

October 11, 2013 by Barbara With This is the first in a WCMC four-part series on asbestos. On Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) introduced a substitute amendment to controversial SB13, the torts and personal injury trusts reform bill that makes it harder for victims of asbestos poisoning to receive trust money allotted […]

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Dr. Joseph Skulan holds a piece of rock from bulk sampling site #4 that contains chrysotile, one of the deadliest forms of asbestos. Photo: Barbara With

Abundant Asbestos Confirmed at GTAC Bulk Sampling Site

October 6, 2013 by Barbara With Yesterday a group of scientists led by geologist Dr. Tom Fitz and geochemist Dr. Joseph Skulan hiked to Gogebic Taconite’s proposed Bulk Sampling Site 4 to hold a press conference concerning the deadly asbestos present at the site. Several journalists accompanied the scientists who explained that high levels of […]

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