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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WHAT IS A NATIONAL POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM (NPDES) PERMIT?

The Clean Water Act prohibits the discharge of pollutants through a point source without a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The Back Forty Mine requires this permit to discharge treated water to the Menominee River.

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WHAT IS A SUPERFUND SITE?

Nearly 3,400 hard rock mines have been permitted in the U.S. since 1990. None of the sites are on the Superfund list. Learn more about the Superfund program and modern mining.

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WE’RE HIRING FOR A FACILITIES MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN

STEPHENSON, Mich. July. 16, 2018 – Aquila Resources is hiring for a Facilities Maintenance Technician.

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