Iron mining in the Gogebic again (process)

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Iron mining in the Gogebic again? : 

Iron mining in the Gogebic again? An overview of Wisconsin’s regulatory process and the public’s access to decision making Tom Evans, WGNHS (608) 263-4125; tevans@wisc.edu WisconsinGeologicalSurvey.org

When does a proposal become a project? : 

When does a proposal become a project? … with the filing of a notice of intent (NOI)

What is the regulatory process? : 

What is the regulatory process? Company must file a notice of intent with DNR DNR prepares environmental impact statement Company submits permits and plans to DNR Testimony presented at a master hearing Decisions may be appealed to the courts

Special features of the process : 

Special features of the process Project requires local approval Applicant pays for all costs for state permit reviews and environmental assessments Company creates funds for waste-disposal, groundwater, reclamation, and long-term care and pays an additional special tax Applicant’s environmental track record matters

Getting involved… : 

Getting involved… FORMAL OPPORTUNITIES: Notice of intent hearing Draft environmental impact statement hearing Master hearing INFORMAL OPPORTUNITIES: Local leaders, citizen groups, elected representatives Local Mining ImpactCommittee meetings Applicant, DNR, UW-Extension

Where can I get information? : 

Where can I get information? Company contacts and resources Department of Natural Resources UW–Extension Offices in Iron and Ashland Counties Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WisconsinGeologicalSurvey.org) WGNHS Special Report 13: An Overview of Metallic Mineral Regulation in Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s approach to metal mining : 

Wisconsin’s approach to metal mining Responsible mining is acceptable Reclamation is the primary goal Environmental impacts are inevitable, but must be limited Local government and citizens are instrumental in the decision-making process Mining applicant pays for project review and for long-term financial impacts up-front