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Ashland County adopts mining ordinances

4:08 PM, Jun. 21, 2013
In this Jan. 28, 2013 photo Leslie Kolesar, chairwoman of the Iron County mining local impact committee, places a magnet on what she says is a slab of iron ore embedded in an access road in the Penokee Hills outside Mellen, Wis. Republican legislators are pushing a bill that would streamline Wisconsin's mining regulations in hopes of persuading a company called Gogebic Taconite to dig a massive, 4 1/2-mile-long open pit mine in the Penokees that would stretch into Michigan's Upper Peninsula. (AP Photo/Todd Richmond)
In this Jan. 28, 2013 photo Leslie Kolesar, chairwoman of the Iron County mining local impact committee, places a magnet on what she says is a slab of iron ore embedded in an access road in the Penokee Hills outside Mellen, Wis. Republican legislators are pushing a bill that would streamline Wisconsin's mining regulations in hopes of persuading a company called Gogebic Taconite to dig a massive, 4 1/2-mile-long open pit mine in the Penokees that would stretch into Michigan's Upper Peninsula. (AP Photo/Todd Richmond)
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The Ashland County Board has approved a pair of ordinances intended to protect taxpayers from infrastructure costs arising from the planned Gogebic Taconite iron mine.

The Ashland Daily Press reports (http://bit.ly/13YfkPd ) the mining company would be required to make an initial $100,000 payment to the county and keep a minimum balance of $50,000 to reimburse the county for its expenses.

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