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Mining, environmental experts to present Copper/Nickel mining at CLC on Jan. 29

Web posted January 28, 2014
Kathryn Hoffman, an environmental attorney from the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and two scientists from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Donald Fosnacht and George Hudak, will discuss the environmental,  scientific and economic aspects of the proposed copper/nickel mining in Northern Minnesota on Wednesday, January 29th at 7 PM, at a Rosenmeier Center Forum in the Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. This has been a controversial topic across the state and the goal of this forum is to help clarify the discussion by identifying some of the factual details involved in the decision, as well as some of the trade-offs.

Eric Klang, President of the Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government, said, "We are most pleased to provide a forum for residents of the Brainerd Lakes area on a most important issue that will be greatly debated in the Minnesota Legislature and the councils of government at both the state and federal level."

Ray Gildow, of Lakeland Public Television, will moderate the panel and there will be a question and answer period after the presentations.

Earlier in the day, Ray Gildow will tape an interview with the presenters for later broadcast on Lakeland Currents (LPTV).

This event is free and open to the public. The Rosenmeier Center at Central Lakes College is the primary sponsor of this Forum and the Forum is co-sponsored by the Lakes Area League of Women Voters and The Center (Senior Center) in Brainerd.

For more information contact Laura Raedeke at: raedekel@gmail.com or (218) 963-3877.

Kathryn Hoffman, Staff Attorney from the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA). Kathryn joined MCEA in December 2010 as staff attorney and works to support energy, mining and water quality issues. A 2006 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, Kathryn has a background in litigation and nonprofit advocacy work. In addition to her J.D., Kathryn also holds a Masters in Public Policy with a focus on science, technology and the environment from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

Donald Fosnacht, PhD. (Metallurgical Engineering), Director – Center for Applied Research and Technology Development, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota-Duluth. This Institute conducts applied research and development on a variety of natural resources issues including minerals, renewable energy, forestry and forest product development. Dr. Fosnacht has served on various state task forces related to minerals or energy and continues to lead various research programs in these areas in collaboration with both industrial, small business, governmental and academic cooperators. Dr. Fosnacht previously had 20 years experience with Inland Steel (1978-1998).

George Hudak, PhD., (Geology), Associate Director, Precambrian Research Center Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota-Duluth

Dr. George Hudak is the Director of the Minerals Division, and Associate Director of the Precambrian Research Center, in the Center for Applied Research and Technology Development at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Prior to his present position, Dr. Hudak spent five years working in the  geotechnical/environmental remediation industry, and he spent eleven years as an Assistant/Associate Professor of Geology at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he taught courses in mineralogy, advanced mineralogy, lithology, and economic geology.

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