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Midwest Environmental Advocates - Wis. DNR Comments regarding GTAC Bulk Sample Permit

Midwest Environmental Advocates - Wis. DNR Comments regarding GTAC Bulk Sample Permit

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Midwest Environmental Advocates - Wis. DNR Comments regarding GTAC Bulk Sample Permit

List to help folks understand the breadth of issues that should be commented on.

Laundry list of issues that can be commented on. Key issue, this comment period, and the hearing are also intended to regard the scope of the EIR Env. Impact Report that G-TAC needs to prepare. The more people, commenting on the widest range of topics of importance to them is important. I don’t think many people understand they can comment on this. Please help folks understand their thoughts, knowledge of the site, concerns for quality of life, economy etc. are very important to get in the record to have the EIR be as broad as possible.

Please help people understand they can comment on anything important to them, not just respond to G-TACs scanty submission.
Midwest Environmental Advocates - Wis. DNR Comments regarding GTAC Bulk Sample Permit

List to help folks understand the breadth of issues that should be commented on.

Laundry list of issues that can be commented on. Key issue, this comment period, and the hearing are also intended to regard the scope of the EIR Env. Impact Report that G-TAC needs to prepare. The more people, commenting on the widest range of topics of importance to them is important. I don’t think many people understand they can comment on this. Please help folks understand their thoughts, knowledge of the site, concerns for quality of life, economy etc. are very important to get in the record to have the EIR be as broad as possible.

Please help people understand they can comment on anything important to them, not just respond to G-TACs scanty submission.

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Topics to Address in the Environmental Impact Report http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/mines/gogebic.

html Link to DNR’s website page about comments due Sept 17th
Information we should stress to DNR must be collected and included in EIR. We can also advocate for citizens, partner, organizations to submit any data to the DNR so that it can be included or addressed in EIR. Remember to include short-term and long-term impacts, cumulative impacts, and indirect impacts. Surface Water Location, names and baseline water quality and aquatic habitat data for all surface waters (streams, rivers, wetlands) within 1,000 feet of site footprint Location of any springs within 1,000 feet of site footprint Location of any drainage divide Details of any wetland mitigation proposed Provisions for erosion prevention and drainage control Plans for collection, treatment and discharge of any water resulting from mining Map demonstrating water sources, flow paths, flow rates, storage volumes, and release points Identification of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems such as stream orders and classifications Groundwater Elevation of the water table Groundwater flow net, including horizontal and vertical groundwater flow patterns Any groundwater divides Groundwater recharge and discharge areas Groundwater management techniques Baseline groundwater quality Identification of all aquifers used by all public and private wells within at least 1,200 feet of the proposed mining waste site Air quality Plans for protecting air quality under ch. 285 Background air quality Socioeconomic Present socioeconomic conditions in the area Anitcipated socioeconomic impacts of the proposed mining project

Include tourism, employment, schools and medical care facilities, private and public social services, the tax base, and the local economy Climate Climatology Precipitation chemistry Mining Site Surface topography Soil types Depth to bedrock Geology of underlying bedrock and unconsolidated deposits Existing land uses with emphasis on known recreational, historic, archaeological, scientific, cultural or scenic significance Nature, extent, and final configuration of the proposed excavation and mining site Total estimated production of tailings, waste rock, other refuse Nature and depth of overburden Sequence of mining operations Handling of overburden Production, handling, and final disposition of tailings Milling, concentrating, refining and other processing of ferrous minerals Storage, transportation and loading of final product Surface facilities associated with the mining site Geological and geotechnical investigation Plan for monitoring environmental changes at the mining site Risk assessment for accidental health or environmental hazard at mining site Where blasting is proposed and how it will be done Characterize and asses risk of reagents, mine mill chemicals, and processing reagent wastes Central location for collection and treatment of all liquid effluents for treatment and discharge Reclamation plan, including economic analysis of total cost and any ongoing costs Proposed changes to forest designations Alternatives to the proposed mining project and to proposal for waste disposal Archaeological sites Identification of adjacent landowners Proposed methods of leachate control Potential area to be affected in event of failure, considering land use and surrounding environment

Impacts to consider

Air: air pollution impacts, direct and indirect (from processing) – both contaminants and visibility impacts; Water: supply issues, impacts on surface water, ground water quality and quantity, wetlands, navigable waters Land: impacts on agricultural uses, on forest production (and secondary or indirect impacts of changes to land use – deforestation, erosion, flashiness of waters, impacts on fisheries, etc) Impacts on tourist land uses, etc. Transportation infrastructure needs and impacts Energy: infrastructure needs and impacts Indirect Impacts Cumulative impacts Economic impacts – jobs, discouraging tourism, discouraging more sustainable development, etc. All of the issues that Powers writes of Socioeconomic impacts -- including Title VI Civil Rights issues – who benefits and who is harmed; disproportionate adverse impacts on minority and low income communities Tribal rights – on reservation, off reservation; consultation Cultural, historical, archeological impacts Wildlife, endangered species Impacts on public lands, recreational resources, other unique features – impact on prior state and federal spending to preserve some of these and other resources Noise Visual impacts Meteorological impacts – (Penokee hills may alter the temperate fog forest nature and extremely high forest productivity of the lower forestlands north of the hills)

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