Mining company may not need to blast for rock samplesSubmitted: 08/01/2013
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Mining company may not need to blast for rock samples
MADISON - There's a new plan for a company looking to dig an iron ore mine.

Now they might NOT resort to blasting for samples.

Gogebic Taconite wants to dig a 4-mile long open pit mine in the Penokee Hills.

In June the company asked the state DNR to blast out rock samples at five sites.

The samples would be used to assess the iron deposit's quality.

They could also test how ore would react to processing.

A revised plan from the company went to the DNR.

It calls for collecting sample rock from rubble left behind when U.S. Steel blasted the area in the early 1960s.

That would eliminate the need for any new blasting.

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