We'll know in a few days if the DNR will give GTAC a permit to drill 13 test borings up to 1,200 feet deep where the company wants to mine iron ore in Northern Wisconson.
How will the agency make sure polluted drilling waste water and other boring debris does not contaminate the ground water, surface water and surrounding terrain?
Good questions to turn into comments calling for a careful environmental review in advance of any permit or remediation orders, and sent to your legislator and also to the DNR's mining person:
How the DNR manages this process will indicate how rigorous a regulator it intends to be as perhaps decades of mountain-top and open-pit mining moves billions of tons of trees, vegetation and rock - - for decades - - in the Bad River watershed near Lake Superior.Ann CoakleyAnn.Coakley@wisconsin.gov
Director, Bureau of Waste and Materials Management at Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources