Significant Changes have been made to the Aquila Back Forty Mine. Since the mining permit was issued (December 28, 2016), the Back Forty mine site has been expanded and redesigned. The changes impact critical components such as project boundary, affected area, location of haul roads, relocation of mine waste (tailings) storage areas (TWRMFs), sumps, contact water basins, ore stockpiles, and beneficiation (milling) buildings. The edge of one tailing basin is now approximately 1,000 feet from the Menominee River.
This is urgent. The Aquila Back Forty Wetland Permit application is currently undergoing a review for administrative completeness, and will soon be “Public Noticed”. The design of the Aquila Back Forty Mine is clearly integral to a comprehensive review of the pending Wetland permit application.