The public is encouraged to attend upcoming meetings for the Community Environmental Monitoring Program, which oversees the Eagle Mine environmental impact.
CEMP has been continually assessing the Eagle Mine's permit requirements. Data is being collected about ground and surface water, wild and plant life, as well as air quality to protect the environment and communities from harm.
Eagle Mine is asking for a revision to their groundwater discharge permit because naturally occurring PH levels are higher than the current permit allows.
"Well, they've been getting PHs well above 9 and that's because that's what is in the ground there already," said Natasha Koss of the Lake Superior Watershed Partnership.
The LSWP says the levels are not a threat to human health or the environment. The information gathered prior to Eagle Mine's opening will provide a foundation for Department of Environmental Quality permit restrictions. Residents interested in learning more or sharing concerns are invited to the upcoming meetings. For a list of dates and times, head to the Lake Superior Watershed Partnership's website here.