MADISON (WKOW) -- A Florida-based company started the process to open an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin.
Gogebic Taconite filed an exploratory drilling application Thursday with the Department of Natural Resources. The agency will now review the application and make a decision in 10 business days.
In April, Governor Scott Walker signed a bill that streamlines the mining permitting process.
If Gogebic obtains a state permit it still must receive federal approval for the mine since it would affect federal wetlands. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that permit process could take up to four years.
Mine supporters say it will help create thousands of jobs. Critics are concerned about its effect on the environment.