UPDATE – MINING AND COMMUNITY FOCUS GROUPS

Dr. Tawni Hunt Ferrarini, a Professor of Economics, has published her findings from a series of focus groups that she hosted in 2018.

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Back Forty Mine Project Update

Michael Welch, Aquila Resources COO, provides an update on Back Forty's project status, permitting efforts, community engagement, and other topics to wrap up 2018.

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Federal court rejects challenge to Back Forty’s wetland permit

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin dismissed the Menominee Indian Tribe’s federal lawsuit challenging EPA and U.S. Army Corps’ failure to exercise jurisdiction over Aquila’s wetland permit for the Back Forty Mine.

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DEQ to host public meeting concerning permit amendment

Since issuance of our original mine permit, we've refined elements of the design to be consistent with our feasibility study and previously issued wetland permit. We continuously look for opportunities to minimize the potential impacts of our operations on the environment and community.

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Can mining and tourism coexist?

Yes, and in some regions in two converge.

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Mine Permit Amendment Submitted

The amendment is consistent with the feasibility study and the wetland permit that DEQ issued earlier this year.

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Oversight of Mining in Michigan

The topic of local regulation has led to a misunderstanding about what role local government plays in mining operations. In Michigan, the Legislature provides the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), responsibility for issuing and enforcing mining permits under the authority of state’s Nonferrous Metallic Mineral Mining regulations, also known as Part 632.

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Ensuring Air Quality

We will protect human health and the environment by following our permits, which include mining, air, water, and wetland.

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Michigan’s Nonferrous Metallic Mining Regulations

Today, Michigan has some of the most stringent mining laws in the United States. For a high-level review of Michigan's mining law, read more in this post.

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RETHINK MINING

Mining worldwide hasn’t always effectively managed environmental impacts. Today's techniques and regulations are meant to address historical issues.

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