By Gary Ridderbusch
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) received an exploration license application last week from Gogebic Taconite LLC for mining activities related to the Penokee/Gogebic deposit located in Ashland and Iron counties.
According to Ann Coakley, DNR Waste and Materials Management Program director, the agency will review and make a decision regarding the application within 10 business days, per the new mining law passed earlier this year by the State Legislature.
The Penokee/Gogebic deposit is generally defined as the 21-mile western end of the 60-mile long Gogebic Iron Range, which stretches east to west from Lake Gogebic, Mich., to Mineral Lake in Wisconsin.
Gogebic Taconite successfully pushed major changes in the state’s iron mining laws after Republicans took over the majority in the State Senate and Assembly.
Gov. Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 1 into law in March,