There will be an information fair and sulfide mining
rally in the ballroom of UPFRONT and COMPANY on September 4th in
Schedule of Events for September 4 Rally and Information Fair:
5:30 to 6:30 Public Hearing Workshop
National Wildlife Federation,
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
We encourage all
Hearing Notice from DEQ website: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/KEP_Notice20070807_205000_7.pdf
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.
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
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,
Printed copies of the Mining Permit Application are available for review at the following locations:
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.
Water Sentinels Project, Sierra Club