Monday, November 07, 2011

MDEQ Notice: Public meeting on Copperwood Orvana mining permit application to be Nov. 9

LANSING -- The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals, will conduct a public meeting on the application for a mining permit for the proposed Copperwood Mine, submitted by Orvana Resources US Corp. The location of the proposed mine is in Ironwood and Wakefield Townships, Gogebic County, Michigan. The application was submitted under the requirements of Part 632, Nonferrous Metallic Mineral Mining, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended. The MDEQ received the application on September 23, 2011, and determined it to be administratively complete on September 26, 2011.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for interested parties to exchange information through informal discussions and formal comments on the application. The meeting will be held on November 9, 2011, at Gogebic Community College, Lindquist Student Center -- Courtside Dining Area, E-4946 Jackson Road, Ironwood, Michigan 49938, according to the following schedule:

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. -- informal meeting

7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- formal public comments

Note: all times are Central Standard Time (CST)

The MDEQ will accept written comments on the application from interested persons until 5 p.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Send written comments via US mail to: MDEQ, Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals, 525 W. Allegan St., P.O. Box 30256, Lansing, Michigan 48909; or via email to

Another public hearing will be held later on the proposed permit decision.

A copy of the application may be reviewed at the following locations:

MDEQ Upper Peninsula District Office, 420 5th Street, Gwinn, Michigan 49841
Contact Tina Coluccio, 906-346-8520.

MDEQ Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals, 525 W. Allegan St., Lansing, Michigan 48933
Contact Steve Wilson, 517-241-1542.

Gogebic Community College Library, E-4946 Jackson Road, Ironwood, Michigan 49938

The application may also be viewed on the Internet at,4561,7-135-3311_4111_18442-262826--,00.html

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