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Support The Bad River – Write to the EPA?>

Led by The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, six bands of the Anishinaabeg Territory have sent a letter to the EPA asking them to undertake a 404c process, which would allow them to pre-emptively stop the open pit taconite mine proposed for the Penokee Hills of Wisconsin because of the importance of the resources that it threatens. Letters of support are needed from the public. The letters will be hand delivered to the EPA when the tribes meet with Region 5 Director, Dr. Susan Hedman.

You can find  a sample letter here.

Please send your letters to Bad River by Friday, August 15, 2014.

You can e-mail your letter to CommDir@badriver-nsn.gov

Or, mail a hard copy to

Mark Anthony Rolo, Bad River Legal Department, PO Box 39, Odanah, Wi 54861

For more information visit, www.protectpenokeehills.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

Eagle Mine Groundwater Permit Workshop | MI?>

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 6pm (EST) | Peter White Public Library, Lower Level, classroom 3, Marquette, MI 49849

speakers: Jeffery Loman and Michelle Halley

In preparation for the MDEQ public hearing on March 25th, Save the Wild UP will host a permit workshop. Speakers will discuss the new draft groundwater discharge permit proposed for the Eagle Mine (in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula) and its impact on your lakes, lands, and communities.

For more information visit the SWUP event page at, www.facebook.com/events/266237580207080/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Public Comment Period & Hearing on Eagle Mine Discharge Permit | MI?>

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 6pm | Westwood High School, 300 S. Westwood Dr., Ishpeming, MI 49849

Contact: Ms. Jeanette Bailey, 517-284-5571.

Public Comment Period Ends: April 1, 2014

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will be conducting a Public Hearing to receive formal public comment on the reissuance of a Groundwater Discharge Permit for the Eagle Mine. The draft permit will authorize the discharge of a maximum 504,000 gallons per day (184,000,000 gallons per year) of mine contact water only to the ground and groundwater from their discharge areas. (MDEQ press release) Oral presentations will be limited to 5 minutes.

Additional public comments will be accepted until April 1, 2014. Comments should be submitted to: Department of Environmental Quality, Water Resources Division, Permits Section, P.O. Box 30458, Lansing, Michigan 48909

To view the Groundwater Discharge Permit Application visit the MDEQ website here.

For more information and an analysis of the application visit the Save the Wild UP website 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 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

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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