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Gogebic Taconite may take Ashland County out of iron mine equation

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The company looking to establish a 3,200 acre iron mine in northern Wisconsin's Penokee Hills may rework its plans to exclude Ashland County from the project, due to obstacles put in place by leaders there.

Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) Spokesperson Bob Seitz tells 27 News the company is now looking at redesigning the layout of the mine site to keep it within the borders of Iron County, where it has support from local officials.

Ashland County officials have already put several ordinances in place to make it difficult for the company to mine there, according to Seitz.

In June of 2013, the Ashland County Board voted 18-1 to establish a zoning ordinance requiring GTAC to make an initial payment of $100,000 to the county and maintain a minimum balance of $50,000 to reimburse the county for expenses associated with the mining project.  Seitz said the county would have sole discretion in deciding what constituted "expenses associated with the mining project."

Seitz said that move, along with talk of county officials looking to limiting work hours at the mine, have led GTAC officials to examine cutting the 400 acres in Ashland County out of the original mine site plans out and reconfiguring it all within the borders of Iron County. 

Gogebic Taconite officials will take the winter to examine that possibility.
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