Mining, particularly sulfide mining, presents certain unavoidable ecological risks. Take for example the case of Torch Lake, in Michigan's upper peninsula, where copper was mined between the 1860's and the 1960's. Waste from the mining process was dumped into Torch Lake or onto its shoreline. Most of the lake's western shore and twenty percentTorch Lake Michigan Technological University,Torch Lake was the tailings pond for both the C&H mines in Calumet and the Quincy Mine in Hancock, the two largest mines in the whole district. A significant fraction of the entire volume of the lake was filled with stand sands and other mining wastes. This period
Abandoned MIning Wastes Torch Lake Case Study
Torch Lake, Portage Lake, the Portage Canal, and other water bodies; and, • OU 3 Lake Superior, Michigan Smelter, Quincy Smelter, Calumet Lake, Isle-Royale, Boston Pond, and Point Mills. OU 1 and in part OU 2 are included in the IJC’s Torch Lake Area of Concern. (Continued)1 2 3 4 5 ANALYTICAL REPORT 6 Michigan,Project/Site: Abandoned Mining Waste-Torch Lake Method Method Description Protocol Laboratory 8260B Volatile Organic Compounds (GC/MS) SW846 TAL CAN 6010B Metals (ICP) SW846 TAL CAN 7470A Mercury (CVAA) SW846 TAL CAN 9012A Cyanide, Total and/or Amenable SW846 TAL CAN 9034 Sulfide, Acid soluble and Insoluble (Titrimetric) SW846 TAL CAN
Metals in Torch Lake 2016 Michigan Sea Grant
Feb 16, 2019· METALS IN TORCH LAKE — ARE THEY A CONCERN? Yes. The mining industry processed many tons of metal-rich ore and also left behind metal-rich materials that are potentially harmful to both humans and wildlife. Some of the lasting impacts include: • Copper, the most abundant metal around Torch Lake, can be toxic to humans, but is more harmful toThe state of water in Michigan: From Flint to pipelines,Torch Lake, in the Keweenaw, got it bad. "They all but killed the bottom of the lake," says Horst Schmidt, president of the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC). Though there's no longer active sulfide mining in the immediate area, the lake remains impaired.
Final Sulfide Mining Regulation in the Great Lakes
quality regulation at sulfide mines. One new sulfide mine is under construction in Michigan, one is in the permitting process and at least one application is expected to be submitted in 2012; exploration is on-going at numerous locations across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and sulfide mining Michigan in Pictures,Jan 06, 2016· Sulfide mines, and any project that carries a significant risk of pollution are not Pure Michigan in any way, and I will always call to reject threats like this to the water that is our economic and spiritual lifeblood. John aka Michigan Nut writes: Yellow Dog Falls near Big Bay, Michigan. It was really quite remarkable what little snow and ice
Sampling and Analysis Plan for the Abandoned Mining
Weston Solutions of Michigan, Inc. Abandoned Mining Wastes Torch Lake non-Superfund Site INTRODUCTION 2 K:\Torch Lake NS Site\Sampling and Analysis Plan\Final Draft SAP\Text\FinalDraftSAP52314.docx 5/9/2014 1.1 PROBLEM DEFINITION The Torch Lake NS Site is characterized by the risks posed by chemical containers and residuesAbout Torch Lake Public Action Council,Torch Lake Area of Concern Torch Lake is located in Houghton County in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. The western shoreline of Torch Lake provided a site for milling facilities for the mines of Calumet and Hecla (C&H) and Quincy mining companies. A total of eight mills operated at different times along the shoreline between 1860 and
Sediment Toxicity from Copper in the Torch Lake (MI) Great
Jan 01, 1999· Abstract. Torch Lake (MI) is a Federal Superfund Site and a Great Lakes Area of Concern. Torch Lake was impacted by over 200 million tons of copper rich mine tailings that were deposited in and along the shores of the lake. Twenty percent of the volume of the lake was displaced and the sediments have high concentrations of copper (1,000 mg/kgMetals in Torch Lake 2016 Michigan Sea Grant,Feb 16, 2019· METALS IN TORCH LAKE — ARE THEY A CONCERN? Yes. The mining industry processed many tons of metal-rich ore and also left behind metal-rich materials that are potentially harmful to both humans and wildlife. Some of the lasting impacts include: • Copper, the most abundant metal around Torch Lake, can be toxic to humans, but is more harmful to
The state of water in Michigan: From Flint to pipelines
Torch Lake, in the Keweenaw, got it bad. "They all but killed the bottom of the lake," says Horst Schmidt, president of the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC). Though there's no longer active sulfide mining in the immediate area, the lake remains impaired.sulfide mining Michigan in Pictures,Jan 06, 2016· Sulfide mines, and any project that carries a significant risk of pollution are not Pure Michigan in any way, and I will always call to reject threats like this to the water that is our economic and spiritual lifeblood. John aka Michigan Nut writes: Yellow Dog Falls near Big Bay, Michigan. It was really quite remarkable what little snow and ice
US: New Concerns over Mining Boom in Great Lakes region
Michigan created a new mine regulation law, enacted in 2006, in anticipation of a sulfide mining boom. It was crafted by a group of regulators, environmentalists and industry officials who recognized that sulfide mining could conceivably harm the environment in more ways than iron mining Going Underground MichiganScience No. 9 Mackinac Center,Mar 13, 2009· E.B. Hinson, a New York admirer of Michigan's copper industry, wrote in 1891 that the sheer volume of stamp sand washed into Portage Lake threatened navigation, which led to federal intervention and prompted a shift to disposing stamp sand and slag in Houghton County's Torch Lake.
Wisconsin’s Standing Rock: The Back Forty Mine Project
Apr 16, 2017· If sulfide wastes from the proposed mine pollute the Menominee River, the largest population of lake sturgeon in the Lake Michigan basin may lose their spawning grounds. The Menominee Indian Tribe has a huge stake in the proposed project. The area contains multiple tribal burial grounds, which would be destroyed if the Back Forty Mine is created.Rio Tinto’s Michigan Nickel Mine Introduces Citizen Water,Jan 08, 2014· Two sites near Torch Lake are listed under the EPA’s superfund program due to historical copper ore processing. In Negaunee and Ishpeming, entire neighborhoods were moved from so-called “caving grounds” where the earth began to sink over the underground iron mines. Nearby, Deer Lake contends with mercury pollution from the mines.
Acid Mines are Never Safe Mining Action Group
Acid Mines are Never Safe. The root of major dissent to the metallic sulfide mine on the Yellow Dog Plains can be traced to one source Acid Mine Drainage. This unavoidable and destructive by-product of the sulfide mining process has been deemed one of the most serious threats to water quality by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Michigan Rockhounding Location Guide & Map Rockhound,The best places to rockhound in Michigan are the Keweenaw Peninsula, Isle Royale, Manitou Island, Marquette County, and the shorelines of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. A wide variety of rocks and minerals can be found including Petoskey Stones, Chlorastrolite, Agate, Chalcedony, and copper minerals. State Symbols. State Mineral.
Torch Lake Township, Houghton County, Michigan Wikipedia
Torch Lake Township is a civil township of Houghton County in the U.S. state of Michigan.As of the 2010 census, the population of the township was 1,880. The township was established in 1886 and is one of the largest townships in Houghton County by area. It is surrounded by the Torch Lake, the Portage Lake, and Lake Superior.As well as a large number of unincorporated communities, the townshipInland Lakes Sediment Trends: Mercury State of Michigan,silver mining activities, chlor-alkali facilities, and municipal waste streams (Jasinski, 1994); due to environmental legislation, the use of mercury in many of these anthropogenic activities has
Torch Lake Area of Concern IA Michigan Sea Grant
In 2012, Michigan Sea Grant funded a Michigan Technological University research team to conduct an integrated assessment of the Torch Lake AOC, a site which includes Torch Lake and its watershed. This is a challenging site to investigate because of conflicting information on the success of remediation efforts and the remaining problems on site.Sediment Toxicity from Copper in the Torch Lake (MI) Great,Jan 01, 1999· Abstract. Torch Lake (MI) is a Federal Superfund Site and a Great Lakes Area of Concern. Torch Lake was impacted by over 200 million tons of copper rich mine tailings that were deposited in and along the shores of the lake. Twenty percent of the volume of the lake was displaced and the sediments have high concentrations of copper (1,000 mg/kg
QUINCY SMELTER: FROM STAMP SANDS TO NATIONAL
Site Highlight: Torch Lake Superfund Site. The 2,700-acre Torch Lake Superfund site is located on . Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. The site includes lakes, ponds, waterways and tailing piles. From the 1890s until 1971, copper mining activities included the deposition of mine wastes into the surrounding surface water and soil, resulting inThe Dredge The Dredge Keweenaw Michigan,The Dredge, located on Torch Lake on M-26 heading out of Hancock towards Lake Linden, is a favorite historical marker in the Copper Country. Its actual name is the Quincy Dredge Number Two, and before that, the Calumet and Hecla Dredge Number One. Today, you find it abandoned in the lake's shallow water across from the Quincy Mining Company
The Back Forty A Michigan Gold Mine respectmyplanet
Dec 26, 2015· The Back Forty A Michigan Gold Mine. Aquila’s flagship Back Forty Project is a volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) deposit located along the mineral-rich Penokean Volcanic Belt in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Valuable metals are deposited in the ore along the Menominee River which represents the state line between Michigan and Wisconsin.Mining legacy across a wetland landscape: high mercury in,Oct 31, 2017· Torch Lake is north of Portage Lake and varies from Portage Lake in several aspects: (1) it received a much greater amount of mine tailings (178.5 million metric tonnes versus 34.3 million metric tonnes for Portage Lake, a 5.2× difference), (2) deposition was into a smaller area (9.7 km 2 versus 44.4 km 2, i.e. 4.6× smaller), (3) extraction
Organizations & Programs Torch Lake Public Action Council
Stephanie Swart, Torch Lake Area of Concern site coordinator: [email protected]; Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy Abandoned Mining Wastes Project. Amy Keranen, Torch Lake abandoned mining wastes project manager: [email protected]; Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Mannik Smith GroupKeweenaw Now: Guest Article: New Coalition rallies to,"Michigan DEQ Permits Sulfide Mine, Imperils Menominee River" "Aquila Back Forty Facts" "What is Sulfide Mining?" a Millage Proposal for Hubbell Fire District 1 in Torch Lake Township, a Millage Renewal for the Village of Calumet and a Millage Renewal for the Village of Laurium. For details on the ballot language and answers to Frequently
The History of the Quincy & Torch Lake Railroad
The real end of the Quincy & Torch Lake really came in 1905 when the Quincy Mining Company bought 4 engines, 17 flat cars, 119 rock cars and one turntable from the Q&TL. This purchase was made to remove the $300,000 debt the railroad had accumulated over the years.Quincy and Torch Lake Cog Railway Wikipedia,The Quincy and Torch Lake Cog Railway is a 1 ⁄ 2-mile-long (0.80 km), 4 ft 8 + 1 ⁄ 2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge cog railway in Hancock, Michigan. It opened in May 1997 to transport tourists to the adit entrance of the Quincy Mine's Number 5 shaft. Its tram car has a capacity of 28 people and travels at a maximum grade of 35%. It is one of only a few rack railways in the United States.
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Sulfide mining has never been done — much less done safely — in our region. a contender for Bat Stupak’s congressional seat, calls for reduced regulation of mining and forestry in Michigan. Dr. Dan Benishek of Crystal Falls, Linda Goldthorpe of Curtis, Don Hooper of Iron River, Tom Stillings of Torch Lake, and Patrick Donlon of StPast-E-Mail,One of the big concerns I have with this mine is that we have no experience with Sulfide Mines and I hope the DEQ who just wrote the laws governing sulfide mining in michigan did a good job. But beyond DEQ concerns it bothers me that most of the jobs related to this mine will go to people from out of state and they will only be in the area for
Mining Boom in Great Lakes States Prompts Environmental
Jun 20, 2012· BIG BAY, Michigan For thousands of years, the Salmon Trout River held fast to a deep secret, as its pristine waters flowed into Lake Superior. Below the river’s headwaters, and hidden underneath 1,000 feet of sand, clay and rock, lie 4.1 million metric tons of ore speckled with valuable metals — primarily nickel and copper — a depositKeweenaw Michigan field trip,The stamp sands were recovered from Torch Lake with the use of a dredge later purchased by the Quincy mine ( It is still sitting in the lake). Quincy #1 dredge on Torch Lake. Dredge sank on 1/15/1956.Photo courtesy Michigan Technological University archives