Tensions flare between Wis. DNR, Gogebic Taconite

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Tensions between state regulators and a company that wants to put an open pit iron mine in northern Wisconsin could be a signal of more conflict yet to come.

Gogebic Taconite mining company and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources got into a public dispute last week over how much regulatory authority remains in the agency's hands under a 2013 law that rolled back environmental restrictions to make mining easier.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1f3iUMp ) the dispute over what is allowed and what isn't under the untested mining law may be a preview of what is to come when the company seeks a permit for the mine.

Company spokesman Bob Seitz says rounds and rounds of questions from an overzealous DNR have delayed the process.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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