Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve: Uranium found in water samples at Eagle Mine; Energy Forum is Apr. 12 in Marquette

From Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve
Posted Apr. 8, 2013, on their Web site


The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) found a high concentration of uranium in water samples from the bottom layer of the Temporary Development Rock Storage Area (TDRSA) at Eagle Mine in Northern Marquette County. The samples confirm the presence of uranium at 72.6ug/L, a level of uranium that exceeds the federal maximum concentration level for drinking water.

The SWP has been conducting water quality and air quality testing at the Eagle Mine site through an agreement called the (CEMP) Community Environmental Monitoring Program. The program will monitor the Eagle mine site, the Humboldt mill and transportation routes. Rio Tinto is providing the Marquette County Community Foundation with funding ($300,000 annually) to establish the CEMP which allows the SWP to conduct environmental monitoring related to Eagle mining operations.

The lab where water samples are processed is called Underwriters Laboratory and has reported (as required by law) that the results exceed the EPA Maximum Concentration Level under the Safe Drinking Water Act, and that level for uranium is 30 ug/L.... Click here to read the rest of this article on the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve Web site.

Energy Forum in Marquette Apr. 12

The Governor tasked the Michigan Energy Office and Michigan Public Service Commission to hold seven public forums around the state to take public input on what Michigan's energy future should look like. We need to show grassroots support for clean energy to counter the fossil fuel interests who are content with the status quo. The information gathered at these forums will assist public policymakers, including Governor Snyder, as they take a look at Michigan's energy future. The forum in Marquette will take place, Friday, April 12, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Northern Michigan University, Don H. Bottum University Center, in the Brule and Cadillac Conference Rooms.

You can RSVP here for the forum in Marquette. Please stop by the Nicolet Room at University Center before the forum. Sierra Club staff and volunteers will be on hand to greet attendees and provide you with anything you need to help make the hearing a win for clean energy. There will be a sign-in sheet, snacks, and refreshments. This is also a great way to meet other Sierra Club supporters, and ask any questions you may have before attending the forum.

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