Madison, Wis.(WFRV)--The state Senate approved a bill Wednesday by a vote of 17 to 16 that would pave the way for an iron mine to be built in northern Wisconsin.
The bill, which eases mining restrictions, is now on its way to the Assembly, which is also expected to approve it.
A similar bill failed last year by one vote.
Opponents of the open pit mine, which would be developed by Gogebic Taconite, say it would lead to widespread environmental pollution. Proponents say it would bring hundreds of jobs to northern Wisconsin.
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