A second scientist now confirms that asbestos-like fibers exist in the rock formations of the proposed iron ore mine in the Penokee Hills. That confirmation also comes with a warning: that these fibers are dangerous if the rock is disturbed.
Gogebic Taconite (GTAC), the company behind the proposed iron ore mine in the Penokee Hills, says it won’t take rock samples from an area where asbestos-like fibers were found.
GTAC took nearly four months to pull together information the Department of Natural Resources wanted for a plan to sample tons of rock in Iron and Ashland counties. The revised plan scales back the number of sampling sites from five to three, bypassing the site where asbestos-form fibers were found by the DNR and a Northland College geoscientist.