Mine company president downplays investigation

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The president of the company looking to open an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin says he doesn't know whether an ongoing investigation into whether a mine he previously managed contaminated a Spanish aquifer with arsenic will affect the project here.

Gogebic Taconite president Bill Williams was director of mining and technical resources for Cobre Las Cruces, which opened a major copper mine in southern Spain in 2009. He and two others who worked at Cobre Las Cruces have been named in an investigation in a Spanish court involving alleged environmental offenses.

Williams said Friday he needs to find out more about the investigation before he could say whether it would affect Gogebic's plans to open an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin.

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