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Success at nonferrous Flambeau mine examined
The environmental record of the nonferrous Flambeau mine in Ladysmith, Wis., was examined Wednesday by Minnesota and Wisconsin regulators.
Participating in the on-site event were Minnesota commissioners of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB).
The mine produced copper and other metals for several years during the 1990s and has been reclaimed and closed for more than 10 years.
“Because of the interest and debate about nonferrous mining in Minnesota, we thought it would be valuable to visit this project and get first-hand information from Wisconsin officials,” said Minnesota DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr.
Wisconsin DNR staff provided a mine site tour and detailed information about the Flambeau project.
“We had a very productive discussion,” Wisconsin DNR Deputy Secretary Matt Moroney said in a news release. “We appreciate our neighbors from Minnesota traveling to Wisconsin to talk about the project, and are grateful for the deepening partnership between our two states when it comes to environmental protection and wildlife issues.”
This sentiment was echoed by MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine.
“Effective environmental protection has no borders. Our work with the Wisconsin DNR serves as an example of how states can benefit from the sharing of experience and knowledge,” he said.
Copper-nickel mining has become an important environmental topic in Minnesota.
PolyMet, has formally proposed to mine near Hoyt Lakes. Its project is currently undergoing environmental review.
“My sense of Minnesotans’ outlook on nonferrous projects is that they’ll make darn sure they will be done right,” said IRRRB Commissioner Tony Sertich. “It was good to do our homework, see this mine with our own eyes and be able to ask the local regulators about their experiences and the mine’s impact.Once again Minnesota leadership is showing the way to balancing environmental protection with economic potential.”
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