Land Reclamation Program

Metallic Minerals Permitting

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Metallic Minerals Permitting

In January 1992, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources issued 11 permits to operators under the Metallic Minerals Waste Management Act, or MMWMA.  At the present time, the Land Reclamation Program, or LRP, continues the five year review of the metallic minerals waste management permits.  In addition to these reviews, the program also continues to review an application from The Doe Run Company to reactivate a mine in Perry county near the town of Higdon.  This application is currently under review by the Land Reclamation Program and other programs within the department.  The mine is expected to produce cobalt, lead and zinc.

A reclaimed tailings impoundment - Magmont Mine.
A reclaimed tailings impoundment - Magmont
Mine.

Metallic Mineral Waste Management permit applications consist of financial assurance information and detailed waste management area closure and inspection-maintenance plans. The plans establish and explain the technical steps proposed to accomplish and maintain closure after mining and waste disposal is completed. Issues addressed in the plans include:

The following table is a summary of the current permits issued for the management and ultimate reclamation of metallic mineral waste.  All are for the management of lead waste tailings except for Permit #MM-007, which is issued for the management of iron ore waste tailings.

Industrial and Metallic Mineral Mine Sites

COMPANY NAME/SITE/PERMIT# COUNTY/ACRES CONTACT PERSON/PHONE
The Doe Run Company/Herculaneum Smelter/MM-001 Jefferson/62 acres Rusty Keller
636-933-3143
The Doe Run Company/Buick Smelter/MM-002 Iron/20 acres Genevieve Bodnar
573-244-8107
The Doe Run company/Glover Smelter/MM-003T Iron/155 acres Rusty Keller
636-933-3143
The Doe Run Company/Sweetwater Mine/MM-004T Reynolds/850 acres Mark Cummings
573-244-8152
The Doe Run Company/West Fork Mine/MM-005T Reynolds/264 acres Mark Cummings
573-244-8152
Teck American Incorporated/MM-006 Iron/371 acres R. David Enos
509-623-4505
PRR Mining Inc./ MM-007T Washington/180 acres Robert E. Niemeier
314-733-2468
The Doe Run Company/Viburnum Mine/MM-008 Washington, Iron and Crawford/1008 acres Mark Cummings
573-244-8152
The Doe Run Company/Fletcher Mine/MM-009 Reynolds/435 acres Mark Cummings
573-244-8152
The Doe Run Company/Brushy Creek Mine/MM-0010 Reynolds/242 acres Mark Cummings
573-244-8152
The Doe Run Company/Buick Mine/MM-0011 Reynolds and Iron/1015 acres Mark Cummings
573-244-8152

Metallic Minerals Inspection

Inspections are performed semiannually on the 11 metallic minerals waste management permit areas within Missouri. During the course of these inspections, all aspects of each company’s permits are evaluated.  The main focus of these inspections is to assess the company's compliance with virtually every environmental law that is administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.  The program is entrusted as the coordinating agency within the department for each active metallic mineral producer currently operating in Missouri.  It is the program's responsibility to act as the liaison for the other programs within the department and each metal producer to ensure continuing compliance with all applicable state environmental laws.

Actual on-the-ground reclamation does not begin at these sites until mineral production is stopped, and mine closure begins.  Only one lead producer in Missouri is in closure at the present time.  Cominco American's Magmont Mine ceased production in 1995 and began the actual reclamation of the surface effects of almost 30 years of lead mining, processing, and waste disposal.

During the on-going permit application review, the program is coordinating with the other Department of Natural Resources programs and divisions involved with the metallic minerals waste management areas.  These include the Division of Environmental Quality’s Air Pollution Control Program, Water Pollution Control Branch, Solid Waste Management Program, Public Drinking Water Branch, Hazardous Waste Program and the Missouri Geological Survey. The coordination process will allow the other programs to review and comment on the technical aspects of the plans so that all environmental issues may be incorporated into the permit.

Metallic Minerals Enforcement

Enforcement under this law is significantly different from enforcement under either the coal or industrial minerals units of the program.  If it should become necessary to issue a citation to any of the metal producers, the authority to do so rests solely with the director of the Department of Natural Resources.  Enforcement is only authorized by law after attempts to eliminate the violation through conference, conciliation and persuasion have been exercised and exhausted.