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E-M:/ RALLY & Information Fair - SEPTEMBER 4 - UPFRONT and CO - Marquette



Dear Michigan -- MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

 There will be an information fair and sulfide mining rally in the ballroom of UPFRONT and COMPANY on September 4th in Marquette. UPFRONT is located one block south of downtown Marquette at 102 E. Main St.  We’ll have live music, a cash bar, inspirational speakers and tables with current information about what individuals and groups are doing to protect the Yellow Dog Plains from sulfide mining.  We’d love to have you there, and we need to have you participate in one of the public hearings (info pasted in below.) All donations taken at the door will go to the coalition for continued work on this issue.  UPFRONT is donating the space and it would be great if we can all enjoy a meal there before or after the event!

 

Schedule of Events for September 4 Rally and Information Fair:

 5:30 to 6:30    Public Hearing Workshop

                       National Wildlife Federation, Michigan Environmental Council and Sierra

                       Club are hosting a workshop outlining the issues and how to give effective public comment at the

                       upcoming DEQ/DNR Public Hearings (see hearing info pasted in below.)

 

 6:30 to 9:30    Information Fair and Rally

                        Free and open to the public, this is an opportunity to get the information you need to understand

                        the issues and importance of public participation in the DEQ/DNR Public Hearings taking place the following

                        week.

 

We encourage all Upper Peninsula groups and individuals to focus on the 1st public hearing - September 10th at the NMU University Center 6:00 pm for a mass walk-in to the hearings.  Time will be extremely limited at that hearing, but if we get masses of people to all walk in together it will speak volumes.   WE MUST DO IT!  Be there.  My thanks to all who have worked tirelessly on this issue over the past four to five years.

Cynthia Pryor

 

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Hearing Notice from DEQ website:  http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/KEP_Notice20070807_205000_7.pdf

 

 

STATE OF MICHIGAN

DEPARTMENTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AND NATURAL RESOURCES

KENNECOTT EAGLE PROJECT

UPDATED NOTICE OF CONSOLIDATED PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD AND HEARING

The Departments of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a consolidated public hearing on the Kennecott Eagle Project at the following locations and dates:

*  Northern Michigan University, Don H. Bottum University Center, second floor, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, Michigan 49855, on September 10, 2007, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

*  West Branch Community Center, 253-299 Avenue A, Forsyth Township, Michigan, (located on the old K.I. Sawyer AFB, approximately 3.5 miles from County Road 553, just behind the MDEQ UP District office), on September 11 and 12, 2007, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; and September 13, 2007, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Lansing Center, Rooms 203 and 204, 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, Michigan, September 19, 2007, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Kennecott Eagle Project is a proposed nickel and copper mine and associated processing equipment located in Sections 11 and 12, T50N, R29W, Michigamme Township, Marquette County, Michigan, about 30 miles northwest of Marquette. Kennecott Eagle Minerals Company, Marquette, Michigan, submitted the applications for the Kennecott Eagle Project pursuant to state regulations.

The purpose of the hearing is to allow all interested parties the opportunity to comment on the following proposed actions: 1) the proposed conditional approval of the DEQ Draft Michigan Air Use Permit for the installation and operation of the process; 2) the proposed approval of the DEQ draft Groundwater Discharge Permit for the discharge of Mine Contact Water; 3) the proposed decision to grant DEQ Nonferrous Metallic Mineral Mining Permit Application for operation and reclamation and draft permit; 4) the proposed DNR draft State Land Lease Agreement for surface use of state land for the proposed production facility; and; 5) the proposed draft Mine Reclamation Plan pursuant to Kennecott's metallic mineral lease with the DNR. The hearing will be recorded.

 

Throughout the hearing hours, technical staff of the DEQ and DNR will be available in an area adjacent to hearing room to answer questions regarding the Departments’ reviews and proposed actions. In order to accommodate the anticipated number of speakers, presentations will be limited to five minutes. Written comments will also be received at the hearing.

 

Interested persons may submit written comments by mail or e-mail until 5:00 p.m., October 17, 2007. Mail your comments to DEQ/DNR Kennecott Comments, Office of Geological Survey, P.O. Box 30256, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7756. E-mail your comments regarding Kennecott to the designated DEQ/DNR mailbox at DEQ-Kennecott-comments@michigan.gov. All verbal and written comments presented during the hearing and comment period will be considered prior to making a final decision.

Printed copies of the Mining Permit Application are available for review at the following locations:

Resource Desk

Peter White Library

217 N. Front Street

Marquette, MI 49855

906-228-9510

Mr. John Olsen

Michigamme Township Hall

202 West Main

Michigamme Township, MI 49861

906-323-6547

Township Clerk

Powell Township Hall

County Road 550

Big Bay, MI 49808

906-345-9345

Ms. Tina Mitchell

Michigan DEQ

U.P. District Office

420 5th Street

Gwinn, MI 49841

906-346-8520

Ms. Sharon Carter

Michigan DEQ

OGS

525 West Allegan

Lansing, MI 48933

517-241-1515

 

The Mining Permit Application and other documents may be accessed on the DEQ OGS Kennecott Eagle Project web page: http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3311_4111_18442-130551--,00.html. The draft Surface Use Lease and Mining and Reclamation Plan may be accessed on the DNR Kennecott Eagle Mine information page at: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10368_11800-161951--,00.html.

Individuals needing accommodations for effective participation at the hearing should contact Ms. Barb Wilcox at 517-373-2856, one week in advance of the hearing date to request mobility, visual, hearing, or other assistance.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rita Jack

Water Sentinels Project, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter

tel:  517-484-2372

 

Make all Michigan's waters fishable and swimmable.