Outdoor lovers sound off on mines, wells, farms in survey

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ A majority of Conservation Congress spring hearing attendees say the state should put the brakes on sand mines, large farms and high-capacity wells and repeal statutes relaxing iron mining regulations.

The congress asked attendees at its spring hearings in all 72 Wisconsin counties Monday questions intended to gauge opinion on outdoor and environmental topics.

According to tallies released Tuesday, 3,226 attendees said the state should place a moratorium on sand mine permits; 783 opposed the idea. 

Meanwhile, 3,310 said the state should suspend large livestock farm permit applications if pollution impacts require more study; 695 opposed the idea. And 3,988 said the state should suspend approval for high-capacity wells that have depleted surface waters; 231 opposed. 

As for the iron mine law, 2,704 said repeal it; 1,089 said keep it.

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