The Community Environmental Monitoring Program (CEMP) of the Eagle Mine is implemented by three community-based organizations; the Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP), the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC), and the Community Foundation of Marquette County (Foundation). The CEMP is defined and governed by formal agreements between these organizations and Lundin Mining, who purchased the Eagle Mine from Rio Tinto during 2013. The CEMP is designed to build a comprehensive and accurate environmental picture of Eagle Mine’s operations at the mine site, the Humboldt Mill, along the designated Transportation Route, and exploration sites.
Eagle Mine pays for the independent environmental monitoring by giving funds (up to $300,000 annually) to the Foundation pursuant to the “CEMP Agreement” for implementation of the CEMP. The CEMP budget provides for environmental monitoring based on sound science and is part of the annual Work Plan implemented by SWP and KBIC. More information here.
The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is the successor in interest of the L’Anse and Ontonagon Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, signatories to the 1842 Treaty with the Chippewa (7 Stat. 591), and the 1854 Treaty with the Chippewa (10 Stat. 1109). The Tribe recognizes their stewardship responsibilities and connections to their natural environment and all beings within it into the Seventh Generation. KBIC’s people bear a disproportionate burden to environmental contamination due to their reliance on the local lands, air, and water for food, medicine, and cultural subsistence and the time spent in these pursuits. For this reason, KBIC considers the monitoring of the environment of utmost importance, especially in areas vulnerable to changes. More information about the KBIC can be found at http://www.kbic-nsn.gov/.
The Community Foundation of Marquette County (Foundation) is a charitable organization that exists to strengthen and enrich the lives of the residents of Marquette County by securing gifts and growing endowment funds for the long-term benefit of our Communities. The Foundation strives to provide leadership by working with State, local and federal agencies and private Foundations to attract funds, convene and encourage collaboration to address local issues and opportunities. More information about the Foundation can be found at: http://cfofmc.org/.
Eagle Mine is a Lundin-owned company that has built facilities to mine nickel and copper from a deposit in Marquette County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. More information about Eagle Mine can be found at http://eaglemine.com/.