Thursday, August 31, 2017

NOTICE: MDEQ to hold Public Hearing on Eagle East Mining Permit Amendment Proposed Decision Sept. 25; comment period extends through Oct. 23, 2017

MARQUETTE, LANSING -- The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), Oil, Gas, and Minerals Division (OGMD) is holding public hearing from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, at Westwood High School auditorium, 300 Westwood Drive, Ishpeming, Michigan 49849, to hear comments regarding the MDEQ’s proposed decision to grant Eagle Mine LLC’s request to mine the Eagle East mineral resource (Eagle East). The MDEQ will also accept written comment on the proposed decision during the hearing and following the hearing until close of the public comment period at 5 p.m. on October 23, 2017.

Eagle Mine LLC, 4547 County Road 601, Champion, MI 49814, submitted a request for approval to amend their Mining Permit MP 01 2007, issued under Part 632, Nonferrous Metallic Mineral Mining, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended, to mine Eagle East. Eagle East is located approximately 1.2 miles to the east of Eagle Mine, commencing at a depth of 3,117 feet beneath the surface, with proposed access ramp and deposit within Sections 11 and 12, T50N-R29W, Michigamme Township, Marquette County. The existing surface facilities at Eagle Mine will continue to be utilized to support the proposed operations.

At the hearing, participants will have an opportunity to fill out attendance cards at the entrance of the auditorium to indicate whether they intend to provide oral comment during the hearing. Following opening remarks at the start of the hearing, participants will be called to speak in the order of cards received. Presentations will be limited to three minutes. Opportunities for additional time to speak may be offered if time allows.*

Send written comments to DEQ Eagle East Permit Amendment, Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals, 1504 West Washington Street, Marquette, MI 49855, or via email to DEQ-Mining-Comments@michigan.gov, including "Eagle East Proposed Decision" as the subject.

The Mining Permit Application Amendment, proposed decision, and other pertinent documents may be accessed on the following web page(s): http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3311_18442-359902--,00.html under "Eagle East Permit Amendment." To obtain more information on the application for amendment, contact Joe Maki at 906-250-4015.

Individuals needing accommodations for effective participation at the hearing should contact Tina Coluccio, 906-228-4524 one week in advance of the hearing date to request mobility, visual, hearing, or other assistance.

* EDITOR'S NOTE: See our recent article concerning Eagle East, this MDEQ proposed decision and the June 8, 2017, public meeting on Eagle East.

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