Wisconsin DNR lays out list of mine approvals

File photo.
File photo.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The regulatory path for a company looking to open a giant iron mine near Mellen is firming up.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials released a letter Tuesday they sent to Gogebic Taconite outlining the permits and approvals the project may require and what information the company will have to submit to obtain them.

Requirements may include a mining permit; a waste disposal study; a reclamation plan; an air pollution permit; wetland, wastewater and storm water permits; a groundwater monitoring plan; assessments of how groundwater flows within the region and baseline groundwater quality; surface water monitoring; and a request to remove land that may host mining from county forest designation and the state’s managed forest program.

The letter notes approvals and permits hinge on the mine’s final design.

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