Thursday, June 10, 2010

EPA replies to citizen letter on Kennecott sulfide mine permits

MARQUETTE -- Eeva and Bob Miller of Marquette have received from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5, a reply to their letter, signed by 100 concerned citizens, addressing the question of Kennecott Eagle Minerals Company's permits for the Eagle Project sulfide mine on the Yellow Dog Plains.

The EPA reply says their staff and management are reviewing all aspects of the redesigned Treated Water Infiltration System (TWIS) to determine whether it comes under federal regulations. They are also consulting with the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC). In addition, the letter includes comments on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) permits over which the EPA has no federal authority, the Woodland Road permit, wetland issues, and Tribal use of Eagle Rock.

Visit Stand for the Land to read the letter and a response from Cynthia Pryor, Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve Sulfide Mining Campaign director.

Photo: Sign displayed during anti-sulfide mine Rally in Lansing, MI, June 3, 2010. Photo courtesy Stand for the Land.

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