Eagle Mine Facts

The Eagle Mine located 30 miles north of Marquette was the first sulfide mine to be permitted in Michigan, despite being beside the Yellow Dog and Salmon Trout rivers, and only 10 miles from Lake Superior.

The Eagle Mine is hazardous and risky from economic, environmental, and safety perspectives:

  • The Eagle Mine threatens fish populations and recreational fishing, including the unique coaster brook trout.
  • The Eagle Mine was illegally and fraudulently permitted by the State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the agency charged by the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the mine. Add your name to our petition calling for a corruption investigation of state mining regulators!
  • Highly-respected independent mine engineer Jack Parker hired by then-owner Rio Tinto analyzed the mine structure and concluded the Eagle Mine was susceptible to collapse.
  • The regulatory authority — the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality — has no meaningful conflict of interest laws, allowing for regulators to take jobs with the mine itself.
  • The mine isn’t a union shop, and has less than 80 employees. Mining jobs are susceptible to the highs and lows of market fluctuations, including layoffs.
  • With the discovery of uranium at the Eagle Mine, safety hazards are increased for workers and anyone living along transportation routes.
  • The Eagle Mine has no thorough transportation plan and is asking the Marquette County Road Commission to lobby for new 55 mph highway from Eagle Mine to County Road 550, a bypass around the City of Marquette, and County Road 595 — a proposal already defeated twice.
  • No environmental impact statement was prepared outside the exact property lines of the mine, despite the City of Marquette petitioning the MDEQ for the Eagle Mine’s transportation route to be included.
  • After including an air filtration system in its original permit, Eagle sought to have it removed in 2013, which the MDEQ approved, piping unfiltered mine air straight into the atmosphere.
  • The Eagle Mine lacks a NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit. It should have been required by EPA when the TWIS was redesigned and EPA was informed by Rio Tinto that they would not be discharging fluids below the surface of the ground. Save the Wild U.P. filed a Notice to Sue the EPA for failing to require a NPDES Permit in June, 2013.
  • No comprehensive groundwater study was conducted of of surrounding area, neglecting multiple headwaters of Lake Superior
  • Eagle Mine was needlessly drilled beneath land sacred to the Anishinawbe (Ojibwe) Tribe.
  • Elevated heavy metals are already detected in the Eagle Mine’s water monitoring wells.
  • Unmonitored and unregulated mining exploration activities continue across the U.P. — especially along the Yellow Dog Plains.
  • Local property owners are threatened by the use of eminent domain for the Lundin Eagle Mine’s proposed highway to County Road 550.
  • And it’s a sulfide mine, which threatens to leach sulfuric acid into fresh waterways — including Lake Superior.

Don’t let this type of mining change our Michigan lifestyle. Great Lakes and Michigan’s wilds are our legacy and our responsibility. Say NO to Sulfide Mining. Tell the Governor.

Want even more info? Check out this video interview with SWUP co-founder Dick Huey.

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One thought on “Eagle Mine Facts

  1. I am from Minnesota, but love Lake Superior and Michigan’s upper peninsula as well as Isle Royale national park, located in Michigan. I am very concerned about sulfide mining proposals in the regions of Lake Superior watershed. This type of mining would be detrimental to jobs we already have which depend on pristine waters, forests, and fisheries and the wildlife that inhabit our area.

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