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EIS for New Mining Facilities

New Mine & Related Mining Facilities - Scoping EIS

EOR recently completed an EIS on this controversial proposed new copper/nickel mine as it's processing facilities are sited along Birch Lake, which is just upstream of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in northern MN. EOR and its large, expert-team of subconsultants, evaluated the mine plans and completed an extensive analysis of mining alternatives that primarily focusing on reviewing the effects of mining sulfide deposits within the sensitive wetlands and watershed of the BWCAW.

EOR also facilitated the EIS scoping meetings with DNR staff, MPCA staff, and Native American tribal representatives. Specific insights related to cultural values, focusing on tribal values, were incorporated in the EIS. EOR was in process of writing the Draft Scoping Decision Document when the project was stopped because the federal government withdrew its mineral leases.  

Client Benefits

  • Facilitated a series of large meetings with tribal representatives, state agency staff, and subject matter experts to establish the list of project alternatives.
  • Developed a list of social justice issues and methods to address each one in the EIS.
  • Developed a tailored comments summary document to facilitate review in the “Non-Ferrous Rules Review Comments Support” 

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