Canisteo Mine Pit Temporary Dewatering EAW

Record of Decision on Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW)

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), as the Responsible Governmental Unit for environmental review of the Canisteo Mine Pit Temporary Dewatering Project in Itasca County, Minnesota, has issued a Record of Decision regarding the Need for an Environmental Impact Statement for the project.

The DNR has concluded that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not required because the project does not have the potential for significant environmental effects. The justification for this determination is contained in the Record of Decision. The Record of Decision also contains the Department's responses to all substantive written comments received on the Environmental Assessment Worksheet during the 30-day public review and comment period.

Issuing this Record of Decision concludes the state environmental review process for this project according to the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board rules, Minnesota Rules, part 4410.1000 to 4410.1700. This project can proceed to permitting and approvals.


The proposed project:

Mag Mining, LLC  (Mag),  proposes to engage in temporary dewatering activities of the Canisteo Mine Pit Complex (CMP) to safely isolate the Buckeye Pit, located on the west end of the CMP northeast of Grand Rapids. Once isolated, Mag would conduct exploratory drilling, laboratory testing and bulk sampling to determine if the iron reserves within the Buckeye Pit are suitable for Magnetation's iron oxide beneficiation operations.

Review Period:

Public notice of the availability of this EAW is in the March 16, 2015 EQB Monitor.  A 30-day public review and comment period is open from March 16, 2015 until 4:30 p.m., April 15, 2015.


Send comments:

Written and signed comments on the EAW must be received by Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

By mail:

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Division of Ecological and Water Resources, Box 25
Attn:  Cynthia Warzecha
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN   55155-4025


Send to [email protected]. "Canisteo EAW" must be included in the subject line.  Include your name and mailing address so that you can be added to the mailing list.

By fax:

Submit signed comment letters by fax to (651) 296-1811.


Please call (651) 259-5078.

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