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      Wisconsin DNR lays out list of mine approvals

      File photo.
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      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.