Humboldt Mill

HUMBOLDT TOWNSHIP, MI--   Eagle Mine is partnering with several Marquette County agencies to train for and test the local emergency response system Wednesday afternoon. 

At 2 p.m. emergency vehicles will travel to the Humboldt Mill with lights and sirens on as part of a simulated safety incident. Simulation participants sporting fabricated injuries will be placed at the accident scene. Members of the Eagle Mine Emergency Response Team and the G42 Security Team will initially respond to prepare people for local agencies.

UPDATE:  As of 10:30 Friday morning the County Road 601 wildfire was 100 acres in size and 95 percent contained.  No injuries or structural damage are reported. 

Thirty DNR firefighters remain on the scene, and three of the four township fire departments that responded Thursday returned on Friday.


REPUBLIC, MI--   A wildfire has consumed more than 70 acres in Humboldt Township. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   State regulators have released a draft of a modified wastewater discharge permit for the Eagle Mine's Humboldt Mill. 

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in April issued the mill a national pollution discharge elimination system permit.  It included a requirement for a hydrological study to determine the best location and discharge strategy to protect wetlands.

The DEQ says the mine recently submitted a request to modify its permit to establish a new outfall near the historic discharge from Humboldt pit into a wetland area.

LANSING, MI--   State Representative John Kivela and State Senator Tom Casperson have introduced resolutions supporting the construction of County Road 595. 

The Marquette County Road Commission recently decided to appeal the Environmental Protection Agency’s rejection of the road plan, which would connect County Road AAA in Michigamme Township with US-41 in Humboldt Township to create a faster route for trucks hauling material from the Eagle mine to the Humboldt Mill.

DEQ holding public comment session on proposed permit

Dec 15, 2014

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   State regulators will answer questions from the public about a proposed surface water discharge permit for the Eagle Mine and Humboldt Mill in Marquette County. 

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is conducting a public hearing on the permit January 13. It begins at 6 p.m. at the Westwood High School Auditorium in Ishpeming.

DEQ staffers will answer questions about the draft permit, then convene the public hearing.


UPDATE--  Troopers from the Negaunee Post identify the driver of the MJ VanDamme Trucking vehicle as Shawn Mocker, 30, of Marquette.  Mocker stated the accident happened when he swerved to avoid a deer between Wetmore Landing and Harlow Lake.  Troopers cited him for going too fast for conditions. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Governor Rick Snyder is in the Upper Peninsula Tuesday, visiting various businesses. 

Snyder is making a stop Tuesday morning in Calumet Township to tour ThermoAnalytics, a software company specializing in thermal analysis tools.

At noon the governor will tour the Humboldt Mill construction project in Marquette County.  Upon its completion the mill will process nickel and copper from the Eagle Mine.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette and officials with the Eagle Mine have reached a tentative agreement for trucks going through the city from the mine to the Humboldt mill.  

WLUC-TV reports city Transportation Sub-Committee member Sara Cambensy says the agreement for an interim solution was reached Wednesday.

Cambensy says the agreement will focus on maintenance of and improvements to the city trucking corridor, and will provide an ordinance for east-west and north-south trucking routes. 

MARQUETTE COUNTY, MI (AP)--   The state has approved plans to accommodate a mining company in the Upper Peninsula by converting a stretch of recreational trail back to a rail line. 

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh approved the move last week.

Returning the about two-mile section of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail to active rail line will provide Lundin Mining of Toronto with a way to haul ore concentrate from Humboldt Mill, a processing facility in Humboldt Township, to another rail line.

HUMBOLDT, MI--   Rio Tinto officials say an absorbent clay slurry has been released into wetlands near the Humboldt Mill. 

The Eagle Mine recently began construction of a cut-off wall designed to prevent water from a nearby pit full of tailings from flowing into the wetlands.  Officials say they first filled a trench with a non-hazardous clay sealant called bentonite to prevent the pit water from escaping.  But on Monday workers hit an underground channel, allowing the bentonite slurry to flow into the adjacent wetland.