Army Corps of Engineers won't work the Wis. DNR on EIS for G-tac at this time

By KBJR News 1

Army Corps of Engineers won't work the Wis. DNR on EIS for G-tac at this time

December 27, 2013 Updated Dec 27, 2013 at 9:37 PM CST

Hurley, Wis. (NNCNOW.com) -- The Army Corps of Engineers has told the Wisconsin DNR that they are not able to work with the agency on an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Gogebic Taconite mine at this time.

According to a letter sent to the DNR, the Army Corps says at this time they must decline the request to jointly develop an Environmental impact statement due to differences between state and federal environmental review requirements that likely would apply to the proposed project.

The letter also states they do not have enough information about the project.

DNR spokesperson Ann Coakley says they still hope to work with the agency on the project in the future.

"That doesn't mean we can't work together on all kinds of other things such as sculpting the project and deciding what kind of environmental data we need to do our respective environmental impact statements so we will continue to collaborate with the corps of engineers like we have all along," said Coakley.

Coakley says, at this point the timeline to put together an environmental impact statement is unpredictable.

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