MADISON (WKOW) -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers are working on an alternative to barring the public from 3,500 acres of forest around a proposed Wisconsin mine site.
The Wisconsin State Journal says the lawmakers are developing a compromise that would create a 300-foot perimeter around mine activities, as well as a 50-foot buffer along an access road.
Senator Dale Schultz of Richland Center says it may be introduced as early as this week. Gogebic Taconite spokesman Bob Seitz called the plan unworkable.
Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst is working on a less-restrictive plan to his original proposal. Tiffany says his play is aimed at protecting miners from potentially violent protesters. Tiffany says the plan would allow land access during gun deer season. Tiffany's plan would provide a 50-foot buffer zone along trout streams.
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