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March 11, 2014

MADISON - This week the Department of Natural Resources sent a detailed letter and additional materials to Gogebic Taconite, LLC, concerning the company's proposed iron mining project in Iron and Ashland counties.

The letter outlines the approvals that may be required for a potential mining project, the requirements for submission of an Environmental Impact Report, information the department will require to process a mining permit application and available environmental data related to the area.

The agency letter and documents are in response to Gogebic Taconite's preapplication notice submitted to the department in June 2013 and preapplication meetings that the department had with the company in December 2013 and January 2014. Under the new iron mining law passed last year, the department must provide a response within 60 days of the preapplication meetings.

The letter and additional materials are available for by searching the DNR website for "Gogebic." The agency has also created a listserve for anyone interested in receiving updates about the project.

Larry Lynch, DNR project manager, said the company has already begun collecting baseline environmental data, but added that much more environmental information and project design details must be developed before complete permit applications could be submitted. Lynch said the department intends to regularly communicate with Gogebic Taconite throughout their data gathering, permit preparation and mine project design and, if necessary, may specify additional informational needs.

The company proposes to mine a portion of the Gogebic deposit, generally defined as the 21-mile western end of the 60-mile long Gogebic Iron Range, which stretches east to west from Lake Gogebic, Michigan, to Mineral Lake, Wisconsin.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Larry Lynch, 608-267-7553, or Ann Coakley, 608-516-2492

Last Revised: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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