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Senate panel OKs mining safety bill
By News-Review Staff

An iron mining company is one step closer to closing off 3,500 acres of land in Managed Forest Law (MFL) for public access as Senate Bill 278 passed out of committee on a 3-2 party line vote last week.

The bill allows Gogebic Taconite to prohibit public access to the land — for the safety of company workers — immediately upon its enactment without paying the withdrawal fees they would otherwise have to pay under current MFL.

The proposed iron ore mine is located in Iron and Ashland counties in the Penokee Range.

Committee Chairman Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 5:42 PM

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