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Gov. Scott Walker begins tour of mining bill support with Green Bay stop


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker visited Green Bay Wednesday as part of statewide visits to discuss mining legislation and job creation.

The governor says mining can have a big economic impact on the Badger State.

"About 3,000 direct and 2,800 permanent jobs that would either be on site, or at businesses like this all across the state of Wisconsin," said Governor Walker.

Businesses like Valley Plating and Fabricating in Green Bay, where the governor visited with workers, make parts for the mining industry. The governor also brought his message to mine-related facilities near Wausau and in Milwaukee.

Governor Walker says any environmental concerns would be addressed by the normal channels of the state DNR, Army Corps of Engineers and the federal EPA.

At the heart of the issue is a potential mine site in northern Wisconsin. An estimated 2 billion tons of iron ore are beneath parts of Iron and Ashland counties.

The mining company Gogebic Taconite had interest, but pulled the plug after the state Senate defeated a previous bill last session.

The new Legislative session begins in Madison on Monday.