Bulk Sampling Public Hearing to be Held in August

By KBJR News 1

August 3, 2013 Updated Aug 3, 2013 at 5:55 PM CDT

Hurley, WI (NNCNOW.com) - A public hearing will be held in August focusing on Gogebic Taconite's proposed bulk sampling activity.

At the hearing people will be allowed to submit oral and written comments about the process to the DNR.

G–Tac has proposed to remove four thousand tons of rock, which would be extracted from four or five sites in the Penokee Hills near Mellen.

Bulk sampling requires taking a larger sample of rock which will be extracted using explosives and excavating equipment.

This sampling process will give G–Tac a better understanding of what kind of facility they would need to build in order to process the material.

"Most of the areas that we will be taking the bulk samples from were used for bulk samples in the 50s and 60s and they weren't reclaimed because there was no mining law back then to require it. So we will actually be reclaiming areas that were left un–reclaimed back then," said Bob Seitz, Director of External Affairs for G-Tac.

The hearing will be at Hurley High School in Hurley Wisconsin on Thursday August 15 from 10 a.m to 8 p.m.

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