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President of company looking to dig mine in NW Wisc. charged in SpainSubmitted: 02/28/2014
Story By Associated Press


MILWAUKEE - The president of the company looking to open an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin faces charges in Spain for allegedly violating environmental laws at a Spanish mine he previously managed.

Gogebic Taconite President Bill Williams and two others are accused of mismanaging and polluting groundwater at the large copper mine in southern Spain.

Williams is the former water director at Cobre Las Cruces mine, an open pit mine and processing plant near Seville.

A law firm retained by the mine's owners said Friday it believes Williams and the two other managers named by Spanish prosecutors will be cleared.

Gogebic is proposing to build a $1.5 billion iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties.

Williams declined to comment to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1jGAM2I ) on the legal proceeding.



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RHINELANDER - An ongoing drug investigation led to the arrest of five people in Rhinelander earlier this week.

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The arguments were expected to be awkward, given that much information remains shielded from public view, including the names of unnamed petitioners trying to halt the investigation.

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Instead, the court will decide the case based on written filings by attorneys.

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