One step backwards for that mine, two steps backwards, as it seems asbestos rain is in the forecast. Thirty-five years of mountain-top dynamiting, open-pit excavating, milling and trucking could put those fibers in the air, drinking, fishing and rice-growing waters.
Asbestos mineral fibers have been found in a rock sample at the site of a proposed iron ore mine by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
The agency said Monday that asbestos was confirmed by the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey recently after a DNR geologist visiting the site last spring suspected the rock contained telltale fibers of the known carcinogen.Another scientist told Wisconsin Public Radio:
“What’s really a surprise is the abundance of it, at least in this one location,” he says. “The [asbestos]is probably 60 percent of the rock. That is the richest rock I’ve ever seen.”