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Several approvals still needed before Gogebic Taconite can examine rock samples

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Gogebic Taconite will have to get several approvals from state and local officials, before it can check out rock samples at its proposed iron ore mine.  

The DNR has completed its review of a scaled-back proposal to study potential iron ore in the Penokee Hills of Ashland and Iron counties.  

DNR project manager Larry Lynch said Gogebic Taconite would have to get a stormwater permit, claim an exemption from an air permit, file notices of tree cutting, produce a bond for reclamation, and file reports with county clerks and foresters.

At first, the company wanted to excavate 4,000 tons of rock at five locations. The DNR questioned that plan, and critics spoke out against blasting as part of the work. Gogebic later revised its plans.

Iron ore would be extracted from three sites, and blasting would only be used if the firm could not get enough material from its excavation work.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)