The Wisconsin DNR has given GTac mining the list of pre-application documents it must file as it moves closer to a full, formal permit application to open its huge open-pit iron mine where the Penokee Hills in the pristine Bad River watershed now stand in Northwest Wisconsin.
It's a big list -- I'll include below also more links to items the DNR wants, along with relevant related materials - - but do not forget that the mining law which Republicans passed last year after letting the company in on the bill-writing put all iron mining permit application reviews on an arbitrarily-short, industry friendly timeline - - 420 days - - with a small chance of one brief delay.
Which puts a short-staffed DNR under the gun.
And - - under the new law the public does not get a chance to challenge any of the items filed until after the DNR reaches a decision.
Under Wisconsin's earlier mining law, public challenges were allowed during a mine application review so the DNR had the benefit of outside, independent opinion and could make a decision that did not look like the outcome was determined from the beginning.
Here are links to the DNR's list, related correspondence, and competing op-eds about the mine from the Journal Sentinel's Sunday Crossroads section.
DNR Response Letter: Pre-Application Notification Information Pursuant to s. 295.465(2), Wis. Stats. - March 10, 2014
- Attachment A - Environmental Impact Report Outline
- Attachment B - Existing Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Information and Other Sources of Information
- Attachment C - WDNR Protocols and Sampling Methodologies
- Attachment D - Additional Water Monitoring Information