MDEQ to Host Public Meeting – Eagle East Mining Permit Application Amendment

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), Oil, Gas, and Minerals Division (OGMD), is holding a public meeting on Thursday June 8, 2017, from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M at the Westwood High School auditorium, 300 Westwood Drive, Ishpeming, Michigan 49849, on the Eagle Mine LLC (Eagle), Eagle East Mining Permit Application Amendment. The MDEQ will also accept written public comment on the request for amendment following the public meeting until 5:00 PM, July 6, 2017. The Mining Permit Application Amendment and other documents may be accessed on the following web page(s): http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3311_18442-359902–,00.html, under “Applications on File.”

The Community Environmental Monitoring Program (CEMP) continues to follow new developments at Eagle Mine and the Humboldt Mill.  CEMP actions related to the Eagle East development include installation of a new groundwater monitoring site northeast of Eagle Mine and north of the Eagle East deposit between Eagle Mine and the Salmon Trout River, a new partnership with the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) to continue monitoring of the groundwater seeps/headwaters of the Salmon Trout River, and a new partnership with Geospatial Research Scientists from the Michigan Technological University (MTU) Great Lakes Research Center who are currently analyzing results from 5+ years of environmental monitoring at Eagle Mine and the Humboldt Mill (results coming soon).

Please contact Superior Watershed Partnership for additional information at (906)228-6095 ext. 13, or geri@superiorwatersheds.org.

Photo by Chauncey J. Moran

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