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Gogebic Taconite applies for third permit during mine preperations

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Gogebic Taconite has applied for a third state permit, as part of the preparations for its new iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties.

This one would manage stormwater along a 130-year-old access road that used to be a railroad grade.

The mining firm wants to level out soil from the old railroad ballast material, and put in three new culverts. The road is now used for logging.

Gogebic Taconite says the project would reduce muddy conditions after it rains – and it would create better drainage.

The DNR will have the final say on whether the work can proceed. The firm is still carrying out the work from its initial state permit – the exploratory drilling of eight large holes. That project is expected to be finished by the end of the week.

Gogebic Taconite has also asked the DNR for the okay to dig up to five tons of rock to test the site’s mineral quality. At last word, the state was waiting for more details before approving that phase.