November 21, 2012

Maine picks sole bidder to update mining rules

Environmental groups fear the Michigan firm may overlook concerns of Maine residents.

By North Cairn
Staff Writer

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Such contamination could be severe, widespread and long-lasting, Didisheim said.

The Legislature and the DEP agreed to contract out assistance with the regulation drafting to ensure that modernized rules are based on sound science, reflect the best current mining practices and processes, and provide the most environmental protection, said DePoy-Warren.

North Jackson has worked on permitting, including rules for mining operations and environmental regulations, said Daniel Wiitala, vice president and chief financial officer for North Jackson.

He said drawing on Michigan's experience would be a good fit with Maine, because both are "water-rich states ... with similar climates," considerations that can affect mining plans significantly.

North Jackson has subcontracted with S.W. Cole Engineering to provide local expertise, but that firm does not yet have exact details on its involvement, because "the scope of the work has not been finalized" with North Jackson, said Cliff Lippitt, senior geologist with S.W. Cole.

North Jackson will work under DEP's direction to produce "an initial draft" of new rules by February, Wiitala said.

Updated rules will go through an approval process that DEP officials say will offer several opportunities for public comment.


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