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Public Hearing on GTac Bulk Sampling Activity | WI?>

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, 10am-8pm | Hurley High School, 5503 W. Range View Drive, Hurley, WI

Contact(s): Ann Coakley, DNR Waste and Materials director – 608-516-2492.

The Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a public informational hearing August 15 on the proposed bulk sampling activity and the preapplication notice to mine at Gogebic Taconite’s potential mining project near Mellen, Wisconsin. To read the complete WDNR statement click here.

The hearing will be a public informational hearing, where individuals can provide oral or written comments as well as learn about the proposed bulk sampling activity and the preapplication description of the potential mine project. Any member of the public may submit written comments on the proposed bulk sampling activity or the preapplication description of the potential mining project through September 3, 2013.

Agency staff will provide a brief summary of the available information about the bulk sampling and DNR approvals needed by Gogebic Taconite. These informational presentations will be at 10 am and 5 pm. The department will also provide a summary of the steps that must be followed prior to the submission of a mining application for the project.

To read the DNR response to GTac’s initial bulk sampling application, click here.

To read GTac’s response to the DNR’s comments on their application, click here.

To read additional documents, or to sign up for email alerts on this project, click here.

Public Comment Period Open on GTac Bulk Sampling Activity | WI?>

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has announced the opening of a public comment period on the proposed bulk sampling activity and the preapplication notice to mine at Gogebic Taconite’s potential mining project near Mellen, Wisconsin.

Public Comment Period Begins: Aug. 1, 2013

Public Comment Period Ends: Sept. 3, 2013

Any member of the public may submit written comments on the proposed bulk sampling activity or the preapplication description of the potential mining project. To read the complete WDNR statement click here.

Comments may be submitted via mail to: Larry Lynch, DNR, 101 S. Webster Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53707

or by e-mail to: DNRWAMINING-GOGEBICTACONITE@Wisconsin.gov.

To read the DNR response to GTac’s initial bulk sampling application, click here.

To read GTac’s response to the DNR’s comments on their application, click here.

To read additional documents, or to sign up for email alerts on this project, click here.

Public Comment Period Open for U.S. Steel Corp.- Minntac | MN?>

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) announces their receipt of an application for a permit to continue the operation of a waste tire storage area and a land treatment area for petroleum contaminated solids/sludge and to maintain the closed industrial solid waste landfill.

Public Comment Period Begins: July 30, 2013

Public Comment Period Ends: August 29, 2013

U.S. Steel, Minnesota Ore Operations is a taconite plant on Minnesota’s Iron Range. It produces high-grade iron ore pellets for use at integrated steel mills. Approximately 70% of the ore processed is sent to the tailings basin for impoundment. The U.S. Steel, Minnesota Ore Operations has a 7,900 acre tailings basin that is divided into smaller cells that range in size from 100 to 400 acres. The closed industrial solid waste landfill and the original solids/sludge land treatment area are located in Cell A-2 of the 7,900 acre tailings basin located north of the taconite processing plant. A new 6 acre land treatment area will be located on top of an overburden stockpile located in the NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 6, Township 58N, Range 18W. Waste tires are generated by mining operations and are stored on site until enough are generated to send them off-site for recycling. The waste tire storage area is located on the southeast corner of the Central Shop in the area of the taconite processing plant.

The industrial solid waste disposal area is approximately 10 acres in size and is closed. Construction of the final cover system for the landfill was completed in 2012. No additional acceptance or disposal of industrial solid waste or demolition debris is permitted in this area. The landfill was closed with approximately 490,039 cubic yards of waste and coarse tailings in place. U.S. Steel–Minntac will be responsible for maintaining the final cover system of the landfill.

For the full text of this announcement and information on how to submit your comments, click here.

For more information on this and other MPCA notices visit, www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/public-notices/list.html

Positions Open on Mining Investment & Local Impact Board | WI?>

07.26.13 | Wisconsin Department of Revenue Announces Process to Apply for Investment and Local Impact Board

CONTACT: Laurel Patrick, 608 266-2300

The process is underway to gather applications for membership to Wisconsin’s Mining Investment and Local Impact Board. The Mining Investment and Local Impact Board is a statewide board established to administer the Investment and Local Impact Fund, which is created to help municipalities offset costs associated with impacts of metalliferous mineral mining. Once the process of appointing members to the Board is complete, the Board will have eleven members, three of which are public members.

Public members interested in applying for the three public member positions on the board may go to the Governor’s website, www.walker.wi.gov, and click the “Apply to Serve” button, then click “Boards/Commissions”. The Governor will appoint the three public member positions to the Board. Wisconsin statutes specify that the following residency requirements must be met with regard to the three public members:

  • One of the public members shall reside in a town in which a metalliferous mineral ore body is known to exist.
  • One of the public members shall reside in a county in which metalliferous mineral development is occurring, or in an adjacent county.
  • One of the public members shall be recommended by the town boards in towns in which a metalliferous mineral ore body is known to exist, with preference to the appointment of a public member who resides in a town in which the development of a metalliferous mineral ore body is occurring.

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue is the state agency responsible for administratively assisting the Mining Investment and Local Impact Board.

View the official press release here.

Honor the Earth & the Indigo Girls Announce Concerts?>

September 6-8, 2013 | the upper Midwest

HONOR THE EARTH and the INDIGO GIRLS would like to announce 3 very special acoustic duo shows to benefit HONOR THE EARTH.

Sept. 6-Madison, WI @ The Capitol Theater
with special guest, KELLY JACKSON

Sept. 7-St. Paul, MN @ O’Shaughnessy Auditorium
with special guests, LYZ JAAKOLA and NEECONIS WOMEN SINGERS

Sept. 8-Washburn, WI @ Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua
with special guest, KEITH SECOLA

IGs and HTE have chosen to play in Wisconsin and Minnesota to support the current movements in this region against extreme mining practices and destructive fossil fuel development. For more information visit the Honor the Earth website at, www.honorearth.org/news/honor-earth-and-indigo-girls-announce-sept-concerts

Mine Effluent Treatment Technology & Financial Assurance?>

Thursday, July 18, 7-8:30pm | North Shore Campus of Higher Education, Grand Marais, MN

Presenter: Dr Margaret Watkins, Water Quality Specialist, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Will Sulfide Mining come to NE MN? If so, what are the nuts and bolts of mine waste treatment? The presentation will raise questions and discuss key points around this controversial issue. The key points that will be addressed in this presentation include: How is financial assurance related to long-term water treatment options? What water treatment options have been tested in NE Minnesota mining projects? What water treatment options could be applied to Copper/Nickel mine projects? How do they work? Where have they been tested? And how effective are mine effluent treatment technologies?

Margaret Watkins has been employed as the Water Quality Specialist for Grand Portage Reservation since 1996. Margaret has fourteen years of experience reviewing existing and proposed mining projects in northeastern Minnesota.

For more information visit the Cook County Higher Education Facebook page at, www.facebook.com/CookCountyHigherEducation.

Public Comment Opp from the Lake Superior Binational Forum?>

Re-posted from the Lake Superior Binational Forum website.

The Lake Superior Binational Forum would like to know your opinions about mining operations in the Lake Superior basin. The purpose of this survey is to help the Forum learn more about the perspectives of those who live, work in, or visit Lake Superior communities in the basin. Your responses will help the Forum make informed recommendations to binational agencies and governments about how to address potential mining impacts. The 12 questions will take about 4 to 5 minutes to complete.

Click here to take the survey.

http://www.superiorforum.org/mining/survey-about-mining-in-the-lake-superior-basin

The Trust Summer Fundraiser?>

UPDATE 07.31.13 | Thank You to all who contributed. Your support is greatly appreciated. If you missed our IndieGoGo campaign and would still like to make a donation, click here.

Our summer fundraiser was hosted on IndieGoGo, an online crowdfunding site for independent filmmakers, artists and entrepreneurs. You can visit our campaign page here. We didn’t quite make our goal, but we’ll still be out filming this summer! Donations will go towards:

  • Food, Lodging & Transportation for the crew
  • Equipment Rentals
  • Production Insurance

Together we can make Trust  happen! Thank You!

Public Comment Period Open for U.S. Steel Corp.- Minntac | MN?>

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) proposes to issue Air Emission Permit No. 13700005-006, to US Steel Corp for their facility located at 8819 Old Highway 169, Mountain Iron, St. Louis County, Minnesota.

Public Comment Period Begins: June 8, 2013
Public Comment Period Ends: July 8, 2013

According to the MPCA statement, “the permit action is for construction and operation of the facility. The permit action is a major amendment; therefore, the draft/proposed permit has been placed on public notice. The MPCA is seeking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) concurrent review of this draft/proposed permit and the EPA45-day review period will begin with the 30-day public review period.”

“This Major Amendment permit action authorizes the replacement of the existing main kiln burners with Low Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) Main Burners on the facility’s induration lines 4 and 5 (CE 181 with SV 118 and CE 182 with SV 127; respectively). This project will reduce NOx emissions from baseline emission rates. Remaining pollutants will remain at previously permitted rates.”

For the full text of this announcement and information on how to submit your comments, click here.

For more information on this and other MPCA notices visit, www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/public-notices/list.html

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