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The Lake Superior Binational Forum is holding an open public meeting called "The Impacts of Nonferrous Mining in the Lake Superior Basin: Overview and Updates" from 12:30-5:30 p.m. on Friday in the Community Room at the Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front Street, in Marquette, Mich. Forum meetings are free and open to the public with no need to pre-register, although seating at the library is limited to 150.

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A full agenda is posted on the Forum's website at www.superiorforum.org. Speakers include representatives from the Lake Superior Binational Forum, the Lake Superior Binational Program, Michigan Tech University's Center for Water and Society, the Keweewaw BayIndian Community, National Wildlife Federation, and employees with Rio Tinto mining company.

A third and final meeting about nonferrous mining activities is scheduled in the Minnesota Iron Range in March 2013. The meetings are funded through a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The first public meeting--held in March 2012 in Ashland, Wis. focused on the historical, environmental, and economic impacts from ferrous mining in the basin. All audio and video recordings of that meeting are available on the Lake Superior Binational Forum's web site.

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