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Proposed mine still years from opening

Published On: Mar 30 2013 07:26:44 PM CDT

APPLETON, Wis. -

Construction of a controversial mine in northern Wisconsin probably won't start for several years.

First the mining company would have to file for a mining permit, a request that would trigger a review by state and federal agencies lasting about two years. Other infrastructure would also need to be built to provide large-scale electrical power and transportation by rail or road.

That means the iron mine, which also faces a near-certain legal fight, could be years away from materializing.

Gogebic Taconite is the mining firm that expressed interest in a mine in northern Iron and Ashland counties. A Post-Crescent of Appleton report states the company will likely begin exploratory drilling when the weather warms up.

Other exploratory and regulatory steps will also slow down the process.

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