Certificate of Completion for the Flambeau Mine:

On May 31, 2007 the Flambeau Mining Company (FMC) was granted a Certificate of Completion (COC) for 149 acres, including the backfilled pit, of the Flambeau Mine site in the City of Ladysmith, Rusk County, Wisconsin.

Certificate of Completion:

As part of the Certificate of Completion process, a public and contested case hearing was held in the City of Ladysmith, Wisconsin in May of 2007. At these hearings, any objecting parties had the opportunity to raise concerns they have concerning the performance of the mine reclamation. Besides the DNR and the Flambeau Mining Company (FMC), parties to the hearings included the Sierra Club, Wisconsin Resources Council, Northern Thunder, the Lac Courte Oreilles Band and several other private individuals.

The result of the hearing process was a Stipulation and Order agreement (case #IH-07-05) signed by all parties to the hearing on May 31, 2007 and certified by Judge Jeffrey Boldt, the presiding Administrative Law Judge.

The most significant outcome of this contested case hearing process, and the subsequent Stipulation and Order, is that FMC received a Certificate of Completion pursuant to s. 293.63 Wis. Stats. for 149 acres of the site excluding a 32-acre portion of the site referred to as the "Industrial Outlot". The Stipulation and Order also allowed for a reduction of the reclamation bond to 20% of its current amount and a withdrawal of the COC petition for the Industrial Outlot with a promise by FMC to not re-petition for a COC for this portion until May 31, 2010.

In addition, FMC agreed to conduct additional environmental sampling of the mine site and the Industrial Outlot area including:

  • Additional monitoring the surface water at the biofilter, Stream C, and the Flambeau River immediately below Stream C as well as some monitoring of sediment, soil, and certain biological species.
  • Continued surface water monitoring for parameters specified in the Stipulation and Order above and below the minesite where "focused runoff leaves the minesite" for an additional five years.

For additional information, please consult the following:

Reclamation and Long-Term Care Requirements for Metallic Mining Sites in Wisconsin [PDF 130KB].

If you have any questions, please contact Philip Fauble, Mining and Beneficial Use Program Coordinator (Madison), (608)267-3538.