Tuesday, May 01, 2018

MDEQ to hold public meeting, hearing on permit application to dredge stamp sands in Houghton County TODAY, May 1, at Michigan Tech

[EDITOR'S NOTE: This press release was sent by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on April 30, 2018. We regret this last-minute posting.]

What: The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is hosting an information session to answer questions and a public hearing to receive comment on a permit application by Torch Lake Industries, Inc., regarding proposed dredging of Lake Superior stamp sands.

When: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2018: Public information session including an opportunity for Q and A with MDEQ staff, MDEQ presentations regarding the permit application process and Part 325 statute and a presentation by a Michigan Tech official regarding previous studies on stamp sands.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Public comment period.

9 p.m.: Public hearing concludes.

Where:
Michigan Technological University
Alumni Lounge, Memorial Union Building
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931
NOTE: Michigan Tech has provided for a "call in" line for multiple people unable to attend the meetings to call and listen in to today's Info Session from 2-4 p.m. and to the hearing from 6-9 p.m. The number is 906-487-1627.

Background:
Torch Lake Industries, Inc. is requesting a permit to mechanically and/or hydraulically dredge an estimated 33,528,422 cubic yards of stamp sands waterward of the ordinary high water mark of Lake Superior in Stanton Township, Houghton County (extending from the Graveraet River approximately 13 miles northeast to the North Portage Entry). The company applied for a Great Lakes Submerged Lands permit (under Part 325 of Michigan’s NREPA, 1994 PA 451) in October of 2015 with MDEQ’s Water Resources Division.

Written public comments that pertain to the proposed Lake Superior submerged lands project are being accepted by MDEQ through May 11, 2018. Comments may be submitted online through MiWaters or by mail to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Upper Peninsula District Office, 1504 W Washington Street, Marquette, MI 49855.

Please note this information session and hearing pertain to Stanton Township stamp sands only. These meetings will not address projects proposed in other stamp sand areas.

For links to the public notice and application in MiWaters, please visit www.mi.gov/wrd or https://miwaters.deq.state.mi.us/.

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