Mining co. plans another round of public meetings

HURLEY, Wis. (AP) -- A company looked to open a huge iron mine near Mellen is planning another round of one-on-one meetings with northern Wisconsin residents to talk about its plans.

Gogebic Taconite officials are planning stops in Butternut, Ashland, Iron Belt, Hurley and Mercer on Wednesday. People can set up appointments to discuss the project. People can set up appointments by contacted the company's office in Hurley.

Gogebic Taconite's proposal has been one of the most hotly debated environmental issues Wisconsin has faced in years. Opponents fear the mine will pollute the pristine area. Supporters say it will bring much needed jobs to the economically depressed region.

The company held similar meetings with residents in November and January. Gogebic Taconite officials say personal meetings protect participants from mine opponents' intimidation at public hearings.

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