The Wisconsin DNR has raised questions about 29 fundamental land use, road-building, erosion control, restoration and related water issues after reading the storm water permit application submitted by GTac mining for only its proposed removal of tons of sample iron ore rock to test.
Here is the DNR's mining page - - and you can read the entire list of agency's concerns in pdf format, here.
Prepare to be shocked at the information the DNR finds missing or insufficient.
A sample - - Item 18.
Your plan reads as if the construction activities and therefore the implementation of erosion controls and ultimately restoration will occur when the ground is not frozen. If work is to be conducted in the winter, a different suite of best management practices will likely need to be implemented.
These alternatives need to be discussed at length.Also a related permit for one road.
Keep in mind the final mining permits needed by the company to dig the much more complex and massive open pit mine of 4.5 miles long, 1000-ft. deep, half-mile wide site - - after first removing The Penokee mountain range - - will be far more detailed - - yet final permit review procedures were put into a fast-tracked framework with ridiculously short and arbitrary deadlines by a mining 'reform' law written with GTac's input.