Freedom of Information Act Request – Environmental Protection Agency

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Water quality standards of the Fon Du Lac reservation.  Ordinance 12/98 as amended.
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Joint petition for review before EPA environmental appeals board regarding Mesabi Nugget approval for a variance from water quality standards, Permit No. MN0067687.
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Joint petition for review before EPA environmental appeals board regarding Mesabi Nugget approval for a variance from water quality standards, Permit No. MN0067687.
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“Overview of Mercury Cycle.” Edward Swain, MPCA.  July 10, 2102.  “The fish in Minnesota lakes and streams are contaminated by unacceptable levels of mercury, virtually all of which is delivered by the atmosphere.”
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“Mercury TMDL Implementation Plan.”  Rebecca Walter, MPCA
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Internal EPA e-mails regarding 401 permitting and water quality issues regarding the NorthMet project.  December 11, 2012.  “In a nutshell, for Section 401, the project is expected to meet State water quality standards at the point of discharge … the bands are of the opinion that any additional pollutant load is not acceptable.”
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Various correspondence, including EPA and MPCA e-mails regarding NorthMet ground water flow rate.  November 14, 2012. “Did PolyMet provide a groundwater flow rate? … This is certainly not critical but would give some idea how quickly the system would flush and no longer be a source.”  NOTE – Some deliberative process redactions.
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Various correspondence, including EPA e-mails with Margaret Watkins regarding faults at the PolyMet mine site.  January 18, 2012.  EPA e-mail correspondence with Minnesota DNR personal about the need to conduct sensitivity analysis of the GoldSim water quality model.  DNR:  “We don’t see a need for that sensitivity analysis any longer.”  January 24, 2012.  Duluth Metals news release notes presence of precious metals “at West Maturi in Twin Metals Project.”  November 9, 2012.  NOTE – Deliberative process; personal privacy redactions.
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Various correspondence, including EPA e-mails regarding Twin Metals request to meet EPA administrator in St.Paul.  January 12, 2012.  PolyMet press release on project updates circa February 1, 2012.  E-mails regarding wild rice production on the Embarrass River.  August 30, 2012.  E-mail regarding flow rate from NorthMet tailings basin.  “We are expecting the tailings basin to be a source with or without the project for a long time.”  November 14, 2012.  NOTE – Some deliberative process, personal privacy redactions.
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Memo from Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission to Thomas Hingsberger of U.S. Army Corps and Erick Carlson of DNR.  March 2, 2012.  Memo asserts that “the hydrologic models for the Polymet mine have been calibrated to targets that under-represent true base flow … construction of the site’s basic hydrology model to unrealistically low base flow has ramifications for all the flow and contaminant modeling at the site.”
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Memo from Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission to Thomas Hingsberger of U.S. Army Corps and Erick Carlson of DNR.  March 2, 2012.  Memo asserts that “the hydrologic models for the Polymet mine have been calibrated to targets that under-represent true base flow … construction of the site’s basic hydrology model to unrealistically low base flow has ramifications for all the flow and contaminant modeling at the site.”
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Agenda, Cliffs Erie Hoyt Lakes Mining Area and Tailings Basin NPDES permitting reissuance.  August 6, 2012.
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Criag Hartment of Cliffs Eerie, LLC to Stephanie Handeland of MPCA.  December 10, 2012.  Cover letter for variance addendum for NPDES/SDS permit #MN0042536.
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Variance addendum for NPDES/SDS permit #MN0042536.   December 10, 2012.
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EPA, DNR, MPCA e-mail regarding “excerpts from the PSDEIS Version 2 regarding proposed effluent treatment targets for the Mine Site WWTF and Plant Site WWTP.”  July 30, 2012. NOTE – Deliberative process privilege redactions.
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EPA, DNR, MPCA e-mail regarding “excerpts from the PSDEIS Version 2 regarding proposed effluent treatment targets for the Mine Site WWTF and Plant Site WWTP.”  July 31, 2012. NOTE – Deliberative process privilege redactions.
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EPA, DNR, MPCA e-mail regarding “excerpts from the PSDEIS Version 2 regarding proposed effluent treatment targets for the Mine Site WWTF and Plant Site WWTP.”  July 31, 2012. NOTE – Deliberative process privilege redactions.
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EPA, DNR, MPCA e-mail regarding “excerpts from the PSDEIS Version 2 regarding proposed effluent treatment targets for the Mine Site WWTF and Plant Site WWTP.”  July 31, 2012. NOTE – Deliberative process privilege redactions.
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EPA, DNR, MPCA e-mail regarding “excerpts from the PSDEIS Version 2 regarding proposed effluent treatment targets for the Mine Site WWTF and Plant Site WWTP.”  July 31, 2012. NOTE – Deliberative process privilege redactions.
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EPA, DNR, MPCA e-mail regarding “excerpts from the PSDEIS Version 2 regarding proposed effluent treatment targets for the Mine Site WWTF and Plant Site WWTP.”  July 30, 2012. NOTE – Deliberative process privilege redactions.
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EPA, DNR, MPCA e-mail regarding “excerpts from the PSDEIS Version 2 regarding proposed effluent treatment targets for the Mine Site WWTF and Plant Site WWTP.”  July 31, 2012. “How does one reconcile these arguments with Figure 5.2.2-18 and the accompanying discussion regarding sulfate?”  NOTE – Deliberative process privilege redactions.
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EPA, DNR e-mail regarding PolyMet memo summarizing the “initial phase of the sensitivity analysis for the NorthMet Mine GoldSim model.”  March 28, 2013.  NOTE – Personal privacy redactions.
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EPA, DNR e-mail regarding PolyMet GoldSim model files.  March 27, 2013.  NOTE – Personal privacy redactions.
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E-mail from Esteban Chiriboga of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission to EPA staff regarding “GLIFWC PSDEIS expanded comments.”  July 2, 2013.
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E-mail from John Coleman of the Madison Office of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission to EPA staff.  June 28, 2013.  “We remain concerned that the basic hydrology of the mine site is mis-characterized as being very non-conductive.”
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E-mail of March 13, 2013 from Tina Pint of Barr Engineering James Grimes of the EPA regarding NorthMet “groundwater distributions.” (NOTE – Deliberative process redactions.)
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E-mail of November 19, 2013 from Erik Carlson of MPCA to Krista McKim of EPA.  E-mail relates to a November 12, 2013 EPA/tribal meeting on the NortMet project.  (NOTE – Deliberative process redactions.)
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E-mail of March 28, 2013 from Bill Johnson of DNR to Michael Sedlacek and James Grimes of EPA.  E-mail relates to the “initial phase of the sensitivity analysis for the NorthMet Mine GoldSim Model.”  E-mail notes that the “model results are fairly insensitive to most Mine Site-related input parameters and are more sensitive to the background flow and water quality in the Partridge River.”   (NOTE – Deliberative process redactions.)
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E-mail of March 28, 2013 from Bill Johnson of DNR to Michael Sedlacek and James Grimes of EPA.  E-mail relates to the “initial phase of the sensitivity analysis for the NorthMet Mine GoldSim Model.”  E-mail notes that the “model results are fairly insensitive to most Mine Site-related input parameters and are more sensitive to the background flow and water quality in the Partridge River.”   (NOTE – Deliberative process redactions.)
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E-mail of June 19, 2013 from Bill Johnson of DNR to EPA, DNR and MPCA staff regarding “additional information from cooperating agencies 06/18/13 call.”  (NOTE – Deliberative process redactions.)
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E-mail correspondence between DNR, MPCA, and EPA staff regarding EPA questions about GoldSim and other matters.  March 27, 2013.  (NOTE – Deliberative process, personal privacy redactions.)
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E-mail correspondence between DNR, MPCA, and EPA staff regarding EPA questions about GoldSim and other matters.  March 26, 2013.  (NOTE – Deliberative process, personal privacy redactions.)
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E-mail correspondence of July 31, 2013 between Bill Johnson of DNR and various DNR, MPCA, and EPA staff.  E-mail relates to factual assertions in a draft version of Chapter 5 of the SDEIS.  (NOTE – Deliberative process redactions.)
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E-mail correspondence of July 31, 2013 between Bill Johnson of DNR and various DNR, MPCA, and EPA staff.  E-mail relates to factual assertions in a draft version of Chapter 5 of the SDEIS.  (NOTE – Deliberative process redactions.)
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E-mail correspondence of July 31, 2013 between Bill Johnson of DNR and various DNR, MPCA, and EPA staff.  E-mail relates to factual assertions in a draft version of Chapter 5 of the SDEIS.  (NOTE – Deliberative process redactions.)
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E-mail correspondence of July 31, 2013 between Bill Johnson of DNR and various DNR, MPCA, and EPA staff.  E-mail relates to factual assertions in a draft version of Chapter 5 of the SDEIS.  (NOTE – Deliberative process redactions.)
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E-mail correspondence of July 31, 2013 between Bill Johnson of DNR and various DNR, MPCA, and EPA staff.  E-mail relates to factual assertions in a draft version of Chapter 5 of the SDEIS.  (NOTE – Deliberative process redactions.)
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FOIAUSEPA2013_pd_039E
E-mail correspondence of July 31, 2013 between Bill Johnson of DNR and various DNR, MPCA, and EPA staff.  E-mail relates to factual assertions in a draft version of Chapter 5 of the SDEIS.  (NOTE – Deliberative process redactions.)
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FOIAUSEPA2013_pd_040E
E-mail correspondence of July 30, 2013 between Bill Johnson of DNR and various DNR, MPCA, and EPA staff.  E-mail relates to factual assertions in a draft version of Chapter 5 of the SDEIS.  (NOTE – Deliberative process redactions.)  
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E-mail correspondence of July 31, 2013 between Bill Johnson of DNR and various DNR, MPCA, and EPA staff.  E-mail relates to factual assertions in a draft version of Chapter 5 of the SDEIS.  (NOTE – Deliberative process redactions.)
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E-mail correspondence of June 19, 2013 between Bill Johnson of DNR and various DNR, MPCA, and EPA staff.  E-mail relates to “additional information from cooperating agencies 06/18/13 call.”  (NOTE – Deliberative process redactions.)
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E-mail of September 19, 2013 from Randall Doneen of DNR to various DNR and EPA staff regarding EPA comments related to the PSDEIS.  (NOTE – Deliberative process redactions.)
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E-mail from John Coleman of the Madison Office of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission to various EPA and other agency staff.  July 2, 2013.  E-mail claims that “Goldsim inaccurately predicts existing conditions, unlikely to accurately predict future project conditions.”  GoldSim is modeling software used to predict future PolyMet project water conditions.  (NOTE – Deliberative process redactions.)
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E-mail of July 19, 2013 from Bill Johnson of DNR to various MPCA, EPA, and DNR staff.  E-mail relates to “references to mine and plant site WWTF Effluent Targets for Sulfate.”  (NOTE – Deliberative process redactions.)
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FOIAUSEPA2013_pd_046E
E-mail of June 20, 2013 from Darren Vogt of the 1854 Treaty Authority to various EPA, DNR, and MPCA staff regarding wild rice sulfate standards and PolyMet.  (NOTE – Deliberative process redactions.)
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E-mail of July 19, 2013 from Bill Johnson of DNR to various MPCA, EPA, and DNR staff.  E-mail relates to “references to mine and plant site WWTF Effluent Targets for Sulfate.”  (NOTE – Deliberative process redactions.)
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E-mail of September 19, 2013 from Randall Doneen of DNR to various DNR and EPA staff regarding EPA comments related to the PSDEIS.  (NOTE – Deliberative process redactions.)
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