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Public Comment Period Open on Torch Lake Superfund site | MI?>

The Michigan Department of Community Health has released two Public Health Assessments for the Torch Lake Superfund site and surrounding areas in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for public comment.

Public Comment Period Begins: April 22, 2013

Public Comment Period Ends: June 24, 2013

MDCH Open House & meeting: May 15, 2013, 4:30pm | Lake Linden-Hubbell High School, 601 Calumet St., Lake Linden, MI

According to the MDCH press release, “The assessments focus on breathing air that has stampsand dust in it, and potential exposure to the chemicals in the stampsands at beaches and by eating fish from the area.”

MDCH will host a multi-agency open house May 15 with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, followed by a public meeting to discuss the reports. The meeting will take place at Lake Linden-Hubbell High School located at 601 Calumet St. in Lake Linden. An open house will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m., and the public meeting will start at 7 p.m.

MDCH also invites the public to provide comments on the Public Health Assessments. The assessments are online at under “Health Assessments and Related Documents.” Copies are also available at the Lake Linden-Hubbell Public School Library, and the Portage Lake District Library located at 58 Huron St. in Houghton. Responses to all comments will be provided in the final version of the assessments.

To read the full press release visit,–%2c00.html

Public Comment Period Open for Northshore Mining Co. | MN?>

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announces intent to major modify NPDES and SDS Permit for Northshore Mining Co. – Peter Mitchell Facility, Babbitt, Minnesota.
Public Comment Period Begins: May 9, 2013
Public Comment Period Ends: June 10, 2013
The principal activity at this facility is the open pit mining of taconite ore for processing into taconite pellets and is further described in the draft permit. According to the MPCA statement, “The purpose of this major permit modification is to address the replacement of the existing domestic wastewater treatment system. The company is proposing to replace its existing Imhoff tank and trickling filter domestic wastewater treatment systems with a lined three cell stabilization pond system. The domestic system treats domestic wastewater generated from the crusher buildings and does not include any wastewater from mining activities.”
For more information on how to submit your comments click here.
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