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Mining company slowing down on northern Wis. project

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Officials with a Florida company looking to dig a huge iron mine just south of Lake Superior say field work has come to a standstill but they’re not abandoning the project.

Gogebic Taconite spokesman Bob Seitz said the company has ended consulting contracts and no work is being done at the site. He said staffers are focusing on analyzing data gathered over the summer.

He said the company is concerned federal officials could propose severe restrictions similar to ones they’re considering applying to the Pebble gold mine in Alaska. He said Gogebic surveyors have found far more wetlands in the area than anticipated.

Seitz said the company also is considering scrapping plans for extending the mine across the Iron County line into Ashland County.

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