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Enbridge Mainline Abandonment info meeting | MN?>

Monday, October 19, 2015, 1pm | Chucker Auditorium, Davies Hall, Itasca Community College, Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Join Honor the Earth, Winona LaDuke and Itasca College for this informational meeting on the proposal by the Enbridge company to abandon Line 3. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Nationally there are increasing concerns on the liability to local land owners, and county and city governments about abandoned pipelines. Much of the nation’s infrastructure (pipelines, gas mains, roads, water treatment systems) are old, outdated, and crumbling. When this infrastructure is a hazardous materials pipeline with over 900 integrity anomalies (as is the case in Line 3), the local community needs to know the pipeline is not leaving a contamination legacy.”

For more information contact Winona LaDuke, winonaladuke1@gmail.com,

or Teresa Alto, Teresa.Alto@Itascacc.edu

and, www.honorearth.org

 

Enbridge Mainline Abandonment info meeting | MN?>

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 7pm | American Indian Resource Center, 1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #21, Bemidji, MN 56601

Join Honor the Earth and Bemidji State University for this informational meeting on the proposal by the Enbridge company to abandon Line 3. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Nationally there are increasing concerns on the liability to local land owners, and county and city governments about abandoned pipelines. Much of the nation’s infrastructure (pipelines, gas mains, roads, water treatment systems) are old, outdated, and crumbling. When this infrastructure is a hazardous materials pipeline with over 900 integrity anomalies (as is the case in Line 3), the local community needs to know the pipeline is not leaving a contamination legacy.”

For more information contact Winona LaDuke, winonaladuke1@gmail.com,

or Jordan Morgan, Jordan.Morgan@live.bemidjistate.edu

and, www.honorearth.org

 

Public Comment Period Open for Northshore Mining | MN?>

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) announces their intent to issue an air emissions permit to Cliffs Natural Resources for their facility at 10 Outer Dr., Silver Bay, MN.

Public Comment Period Begins: May 3, 2014

Public Comment Period Ends: June 2, 2014

“This permit action is for modification 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 EPA 45-day review period will begin with the 30-day public review period. The draft/proposed permit does not authorize any emissions increases.”

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

Mining & Local Communities | WI?>

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 7pm | Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, Sentry Rm, Northland College, 1411 Ellis Ave., Ashland, WI

Speakers: Roy Smith and Bob Tammen

In this panel presentation, Roy Smith, director of workforce development for the Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board located in Eveleth, Minn., will present “Developing a Mining Workforce: The Economic Benefits of Mining Communities.”

Bob Tammen, former mineral company employee on Minnesota Mesabi Iron Range and community activist will present “Environmental Impacts in Mining Communities.” Tammen is a retired electrician and a resident of Soudan, Minn., a former mining town. He lives near a porposed copper mine site on the Minnesota Iron Range.

This presentation is part of the institutes 2014 Perspectives on Mining Series. The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute works with Northland College and regional partners to promote stewardship, identify opportunities, deliver educational programs, and facilitate solutions that address environmental issues throughout the North Country.

For more information visit the institute’s website, www.northland.edu/sigurd-olson-environmental-institute-overview.htm

or contact Jean Ayers at, jayers@northland.edu

EPA Reverses Itself on Mesabi Nugget Variance?>

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is voluntarily vacating it’s decision to approve a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency variance for the Mesabi Nugget taconite facility.

“The MPCA had asked EPA officials to make an exception for Mesabi Nugget and allow the company to exceed water quality standards for four pollutants, including sulfate. The EPA approved that variance, but two environmental groups and two tribes said the EPA was wrong to issue the variance and sued the agency.”

To read the full story by Elizabeth Dunbar, click here.

Stop the Mine! Bad River Panel Discussion | MN?>

Friday, March 14, 2014, 6-8pm (CT) | William Mitchell College of Law, Auditorium, St. Paul, MN 55105

Gogebic Taconite is proposing the world’s largest open-pit taconite mine just upstream from the Bad River reservation. This area holds some of the most beautiful and unique landscapes in the Upper Midwest, yet the Wisconsin legislature has changed the state’s mining laws to accommodate the project.

Join attorneys and representatives from the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to learn more about the proposed mine, how the Band plans to respond, and what you can do to help protect your Great Lakes and her people.

For more information visit the event Facebook page at, www.facebook.com/events/1379162269024279/

Minnesota’s Mining Not an Economic Panacea?>

“Mining could be a huge economic boost for the state, say proponents of an iron ore mine in northwestern Wisconsin. But it hasn’t been a cure-all for the big iron ranges of Minnesota and Michigan.” Read the full article by Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel writer, Lee Bergquist here.

Public Hearings on Polymet Northmet Project | MN?>

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, 5-10pm | DECC – Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, 350 Harbor Dr, Duluth, MN 55802

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 5-10pm | Mesabi East High School, 601 N 1st St W, Aurora, MN 55705

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, 5-10pm | Saint Paul River Centre, 175 West Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55102

Three public information meetings will be held regarding the Polymet Northmet Project, Minnesota’s first proposed copper-nickel mine. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Forest Service are seeking public review and input on the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

Public Comment Period Begins: Dec. 14, 2013

Public Comment Period Ends: March 13, 2014

For the full text of this announcement, a copy of the SDEIS, fact sheets and information on how to submit your comments, visit the MDNR website at, www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/environmentalreview/polymet/index.html.

For additional information on the hearings click here.

Public Comment Period Open for Polymet Northmet | MN?>

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Forest Service are seeking public review and input on the Supplementary Draft Environmental Impact Statement for The Ploymet Northmet Project. The comprehensive environmental analysis of Minnesota’s first proposed copper-nickel mine has been released for public review and input.

Public Comment Period Begins: Dec. 14, 2013

Public Comment Period Ends: March 13, 2014

Public hearings will be held. For the full text of this announcement, a copy of the SDEIS, fact sheets and information on how to submit your comments, visit the MDNR website at, www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/environmentalreview/polymet/index.html.

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

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