Background

Foth was retained by Kennecott Eagle Minerals Company to lead the preparation of permitting documents for the Eagle Project in Marquette County, Michigan. This set of permit documents was prepared under a new set of state mining laws.

Approach

Foth started by working with Kennecott and their stakeholder groups on the drafting of Michigan’s new mining law and administrative rules. Foth’s team prepared permitting strategies and assessments, participated in Kennecott’s Community Advisory Group meetings, and technically reviewed baseline environmental studies before incorporating them into project permit documents. Our team prepared an air quality permit application including emission inventory and air dispersion modeling, and developed a water treatment discharge plan and groundwater discharge permit application. We also prepared the mine permit application, stormwater permitting, and environmental impact assessment. Foth also designed the developmental rock storage area, coordinated technical consultants for litigation support, and provided expert witness testimony in a contested case hearing.

Results

The Eagle Project was the first mine to be successfully permitted under Michigan’s new nonferrous metallic mining law.