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Chippewa, EPA set meeting on Gogebic mine

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — The six tribes of Wisconsin’s Chippewa Federation will meet with federal environmental officials next month to outline their objections to Gogebic Taconite’s mining plans in the Lake Superior region.

The tribes sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency at the end of May asking officials to invoke a section of the Clean Water Act to stop Gogebic’s mining exploration in northern Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Radio News says the EPA and tribes have a meeting scheduled Aug. 16 in Traverse City, Mich.

Bad River Chairman Mike Wiggins said the state’s mining laws don’t protect the environment. He said EPA intervention would allow federal regulators to gather information at the proposed site.

Gogebic spokesman Bob Seitz said the company wants to continue exploring the mining site.

Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, http://www.wpr.org

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