NON-FERROUS METALLIC MINING

Regulated by Part 632: Nonferrous Metallic Mining, nonferrous minerals are important economic minerals such as copper, nickel, zinc, gold, and silver. Some of these metals are very important globally for manufacturing, including production of green technologies such as electric vehicles and emission control catalysts. Part 632: Nonferrous Metallic Mining provides a sound regulatory framework for construction, operation, and reclamation of mining operations required for the safe and environmentally sustainable extraction of these metallic minerals. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Oil, Gas, and Minerals Division (OGMD) implements Part 632.  The nonferrous metallic mining industry is also regulated by other environmental statutes and divisions within the DEQ such as Air Quality Division and Water Resources Division.

Mining Resources:

ICC Mining Guidebook 
Typical Metallic Mining Exploration Flowchart
Mine Permit Application Review Time Line

Issued Part 632 Permits:

Copperwood Mine Permit

Back Forty Mine Permit

Eagle Mine Permit

Humbolt Mill Permit 

Future Possible Part 632 Projects:

White Pine North Project - Highland Copper Company

Recent Developments in Part 632 Projects:

Back Forty Project

OGMD Response to Public Comments on the Aquilla Back Forty Project Permit

AQD Permit to Install Application No. 205-15 for the Aquilla Back Forty Project Permit

AQD Addendum to the Response to Public Comments on the Aquilla Back Forty Project Permit

WRD NPDES Permit Application and Response to Comments for the Back Forty Project from MiWaters page. 

Eagle Project

Lundin Mining Corp - Report in Support of Mine Permit Condition E8
Lundin Mining Corp - Crown Pillar Engineering Assessment - Eagle Mine, MP 01 2007
Lundin Mining Corp - Report in Support of Mine Permit Condition E8
Lundin Mining Corp - DEQ Support and Approval Letter

Eagle East Permit Amendment:

Lundin Mining Corp. - Request for Amendment to Eagle Mine LLC Mine Permit MP012007

Lundin Mining Corp - Public Notice for Request for Amendment to Eagle Mine LLC Mine Permit MP012007

Lundin Mining Corp - DEQ Letter Eagle East Mining Permit Application Amendment for Administratively Complete Determination MP012007

Lundin Mining Corp - DEQ Notice of Public Meeting June 8, 2017

The OGMD has determined that Eagle Mine’s request to amend MP 01 2007 for approval to mine the Eagle East resource, received on March 22, 2017, constitutes a significant change from the conditions of the approved mine permit.  As required by R425.206 (4) of Part 632, Nonferrous Metallic Mineral Mining, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of 1994, as amended, the OGMD will proceed to submit the request for amendment to the same review process as provided for a new permit application. 

The application review process will officially begin on Monday, April 24, 2017 with up to a 14-day period for the OGMD to determine whether the application for amendment is administratively complete.  The OGMD will make this determination no later than May 8, 2017, and will notify Eagle Mine if additional information is necessary and/or fees are required to make the application administratively complete.

The OGMD has extended the closing date of the public comment period for the Eagle East Mining Permit Amendment request to 5:00 PM July 20, 2017. Mail your comments to: DEQ Eagle East Permit Amendment, OGMD, 1504 W. Washington St, Marquette, MI 49855; or E-mail comments to: DEQ-Mining-Comments@michigan.gov, with “Eagle East Permit Amendment” as the subject.

 

Annual Reports:

Eagle Project

2013 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report

Humbolt Mill Project

2014 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report

Applications on File:

Mining Application and Permit Materials

More Information:

Highland Copperwood Mine

Aquilla Back Forty Mine

Lundin Eagle Mine

Part 632 Mining Map