Environmental groups urging people to write letters to EPA to stop G-Tac mine

By KBJR News 1

Environmental groups urging people to write letters to EPA to stop G-Tac mine

July 28, 2014 Updated Jul 29, 2014 at 10:44 AM CDT

Mellen, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- "Friends of the Penokee Hills" organization is encouraging people to write letters to the Environmental Protection Agency in an effort to stop Gogebic Taconite's proposed mine from going forward.

In May, six Wisconsin tribes wrote a formal letter to the federal government asking them to deny any and all of G–Tac Mining permits.

Now, environmental groups are encouraging the public to also send letters to the federal government supporting that request.

They are asking the EPA to initiate a public process under the Clean water Act to protect treaty rights and aquatic resources.

People opposed to the mine say it will contaminate the Bad River Watershed.

"All over the world and even here in the United States, people are crying for water. And we have an abundance of water and what we need to do is protect that for our kids and their kids," said Frank Koehn, a member of the Penokee Hills Education Project.

Gogebic Taconite is currently in the process of collecting data at the proposed mine site in the Penokee Hills to determine the value of the ore base.

If it goes ahead the mine would be located between Ashland and Iron Counties in Northwestern Wisconsin.

To learn more about the letters, click here

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