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Wis. DNR: Mining bill could cost agency millions

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Department of Natural Resources says proposed legislation that would change the way it reviews mining proposals could cost the agency millions of dollars per year.

The Republican bill is designed to kick-start an iron mine in far northwestern Wisconsin. Its provisions include time limits on the DNR to approve or deny an iron-mine application. It also caps the amount that a mining company could be asked to reimburse the DNR for costs associated with approval.

The DNR says those changes would mean higher expenses and lower revenue. It says between pre-application costs, staff expenses and environmental-impact studies, costs could range from $550,000 to $3.8 million per year.

Supporters of the proposed mine south of Lake Superior say it would add critical jobs. Opponents worry about environmental damage.

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