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Marathon Co. board to discuss future of mining ordinance Tuesday

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MARATHON COUNTY, Wis. (WAOW) -

The Marathon County board is to vote on a metallic mining ordinance Tuesday.

The ordinance comes after a change in state law. Governor Scott Walker repealed a decades-old law that limited mining in Dec. 2017.

Scott Corbett, of the Marathon County Corporation Counsel, said many counties, including Marathon County, don't have ordinances on the books to protect against the negative impacts of mining. 

"The reason it's important to Marathon County, right off the bat, is we have a very well identified deposit located in Marathon County which is known as the reef deposit," Corbett said. "[It] has some gold and I believe some copper and so the legislative changes essentially change the language in the statute that had created a moratorium on metallic mining in Wisconsin, it removed those requirements so Wisconsin would be open to metallic mining."

The county board vote would require mining companies to have special permits.  The companies would have to pay an initial fee of $50,000 followed by other possible costs. 

"The reef deposit which has some gold and I believe some copper," Corbett said. "So the legislative changes essentially change the language in the statute that had created a moratorium on metallic mining in Wisconsin, it removed those requirements so Wisconsin would be open to metallic mining."

The potential mining site is in the Town of Easton, just east of Wausau. 

County leaders said Easton could suffer economic impacts if the mine becomes a reality. 

"[We're] also looking at a trust fund to address property values that might be negatively effected," Corbett said. 

Corbett also said the ordinance is a building block in the process of bringing mining to Marathon County. 

Tuesday's meeting is set for 7:30 at the Marathon County Courthouse. 

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