September 21, 2014

DNR wants more info from Gogebic

The Department of Natural Resources wants more information, before allowing a company to proceed with plans for iron mining in northern Wisconsin. Gogebic Taconite submitted a Bulk Sample Plan, to take test samples for mineral quality testing. The Department of Natural Resources wants more details and additional protection measures before making a decision. DNR Hydrogeologist Lawrence Lynch sent a letter requesting details about storm water management, blasting activities, and how to prevent erosion of stockpiled topsoil.

The DNR is also interested in how the mining company would manage drilling water, drill cuttings, and dust. They also question the amount of time needed to take bulk samples, and how long before sites are restored and able to grow new vegetation. Gogebic Taconite must now gather and submit the requested information to the DNR before being considered for approval.

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