Northern Wisconsin is home to some of the state’s most abundant and valuable natural resources. Minerals like copper are in high demand because they are among the key components of clean energy technology. Through today’s advancements in technology, mining companies could operate in an environmentally responsible manner in the Badger State, but a state mining moratorium passed in 1998 left Wisconsin on the sidelines of this economic boon. Recently, Wisconsin legislators passed and the Governor signed the Mining for America Act, 2017 Assembly Bill 499. Now, the state finally has the opportunity to see fantastic economic growth while keeping in place sound environmental controls that will keep Wisconsin’s land pristine for generations to come.
Well-regulated mining can be done safely, and will create good-paying jobs and boost the economy of local communities. Mining has always been important to Wisconsin, but the majority of metallic mining laws have not changed much in 40 years.
A single typical mine in Wisconsin could create 800 permanent jobs paying an average of $75,000 a year in salary and benefits for at least 20 years and potentially as many as 50 years. Neighboring states like Michigan and Minnesota allow mining of iron as well as other metallic minerals, including gold and silver. Wisconsin has untapped reserves of these valuable resources that could put hundreds of people to work for years to come.
Sound practices and advancements in technology, which are encouraged by the input of the resource development community, can bring jobs and economic growth to communities that have been devastated by burdensome regulations and economic stagnation.
Natural Resource Development Association Letter to Legislators (DOWNLOAD)
Myth vs. Fact (DOWNLOAD)
By the Numbers (DOWNLOAD)
Natural Resource Development Association Flambeau Mine Case Study (DOWNLOAD)
Opinion: The People of Northern Wisconsin Deserve this Chance – Senator Russ Decker (DOWNLOAD)
Opinion: Repeal the Mining Moratorium – Nathan Conrad, NRDA Communications Director (DOWNLOAD)