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Gogebic submits sampling plan to test mineral deposit


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- Gogebic Taconite has given the Department of Natural Resources what is called a sampling plan. 

It’s a plan that outlines the five sites where Gogebic Taconite wants to excavate rock samples, so they can assess the quality and quantity of the mineral deposit. This happens after the exploratory drilling now underway.

Gogebic officials say they plan to take less than ten thousand tons from the five sites. Each site is just over one-half acre.

The DNR has fourteen days to review the plan and notify Gogebic Taconite what is approved. Only after that can they begin digging for the samples.

Hydrogeologist Larry Lynch says the DNR will have a public information and comment meeting. That happens after the bulk sampling later this summer.