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Mine company says Wisconsin DNR wants too much information

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Associated Press | January 14, 2014

MADISON — A company looking to dig a huge iron mine near Mellen is complaining state regulators want too much information on its plans to take bulk mineral samples.

The Department of Natural Resources says Gogebic Taconite needs certain permissions for the sampling, including a storm water permit and an air permit exemption. DNR regulators asked the company for more information on the process last month.

The agency on Monday released a Jan. 8 letter Gogebic Taconite Engineer Timothy Meyer wrote in response. Meyer complained the DNR's questions go beyond what's needed for a storm water permit and an air permit exemption.

He still provided the information but noted he was doing it only to move the process forward.

Larry Lynch, the DNR's mine project manager, didn't immediately return a message.



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