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Lake Erie salt mine will be off line for at least a week
Structure of old tunnel in one of world's largest salt mines is being examined

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One of the world’s largest rock-salt mines will remain closed for at least a week as consultants and structural engineers try to figure out how extensive any structural problems in an old tunnel may be. 

The Cargill mine extends 1,800 feet down and about three or four miles out under Lake Erie from the east side of Cleveland. Cargill spokesman Mark Klein says the company discovered potential problems in Monday.

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“We were just getting some data reading that were making us uncomfortable about the structural integrity at a certain point there. We don’t know at this point whether anything is a problem but we don’t want people down there if part of the ceiling would come down.” 

Klein says the tunnels are about 20 feet high.

About 100 miners on three shifts will be off with pay. Klein says there’s a good supply of rock salt because of the mild winter two years ago, so even if the shutdown extends beyond a week, it should not affect supply.

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