Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Gogebic Taconite, LLC has sent in their exploration license application to start mining in the Penokee Range in Ashland and Iron Counties. Officials at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will review the application and release their decision within 10 business days. Gogebic Taconite's application can be viewed on the WI DNR's new webpage on the mining project. The plans to mine in the Penokee Range has been the center of some heated discussions over the past few years. Opponents of the mine are worried about the impact it will have on the environment and whether the recently approved mining reforms are too lax on protecting the surrounding wildlife. However, supporters of the mine say Northern Wisconsin needs the jobs to boost the economy. The Penokee/Gogebic deposit is generally defined as the 21-mile western end of the 60-mile long Gogebic Iron Range, which stretches east to west from Lake Gogebic, Michigan, to Mineral Lake, Wisconsin. Posted to the web by Krista Burns