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Scientists, engineers to hold mining discussion

9:16 AM, Jun. 1, 2014  |  Comments
Tyler Forks River, which flows along the eastern border of the land where Gogebic Taconite wants to store mining wastes, empties downstream into the Bad River and Copper Falls State Park.
Tyler Forks River, which flows along the eastern border of the land where Gogebic Taconite wants to store mining wastes, empties downstream into the Bad River and Copper Falls State Park.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A panel of scientists and scientists, engineers and regulators is set to gather in northern Wisconsin this week to discuss a potential iron mine just south of Lake Superior.

The group is scheduled to meet in Minocqua on June 5. Panelists will include Craig Benson, a University of Wisconsin-Madison engineering professor; Ann Coakley, a state Department of Natural Resources regulator; Cyrus Hester, the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa's environmental specialist; and Dominic Parker, an assistant professor in UW-Madison's agriculture and applied economics department.

The panel will give a presentation on Gogebic Taconite's plans for an iron mine in the Penokee Hills near Mellen. Members also will take questions from the public.

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