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State officials set guidelines for rock sampling at iron mine site


MADISON (WKOW) -- The state Department of Natural Resources is outlining steps for Gogebic Taconite to follow before digging a huge iron mine in far northwestern Wisconsin.

The guidelines are for taking bulk mineral samples.

Gogebic Taconite wants to dig a 4 1/2-mile long open-pit iron mine in the Penokee Hills east of Mellen. The company submitted a plan to the DNR earlier this month that calls for remove 4,000 tons of rock from five sites for sampling.

DNR mine project manager, Larry Lynch, said in a statement Wednesday the company will need to get a storm water permit, file a claim of exemption from air permitting, file tree cutting permits and file a bond for reclamation.

Gogebic Taconite applied for the storm water permit last week.

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