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Orvana resubmits final permit for U.P. mine
Dec. 3, 2012 12-1203
For More Information Steve Casey, 906-346-8535, Caseys@michigan.gov
Brad Wurfel, 517-241-7395, firstname.lastname@example.org
Move consolidates multiple changes to original permit request
The DEQ today announced Orvana Corporation has withdrawn and resubmitted its application for the wetlands, inland lakes and streams permit needed to construct the Copperwood Mine north of Wakefield in Gogebic County.
In response to comments from the public, Native American tribes, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and DEQ, the applicant made numerous improvements to its original submittal. The withdrawal and resubmittal of this application allows regulators to consider a single permit application instead of the original application with multiple corrected documents, and was necessary because of a pending deadline for resolving EPA concerns with the original application.
Major improvements to the original submission include:
The new application has been publicly noticed, with a Dec. 18 deadline for comment. The application can be reviewed at www.deq.state.mi.us/ciwpis and enter file number 12-27-0050-P. Comments can be submitted electronically from this site.
In addition to improving its application for the wetlands, inland lakes and streams permit, Orvana has agreed to accept modifications to its mining permit to address concerns expressed during the public notice of this application, including:
This is the last major environmental permit needed before this project can move forward. Orvana already has obtained mining, wastewater and air permits from the DEQ.
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