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Michigan copper mine tour won't cost visitors a penny; facility operation to start in 70 days


MICHIGAMME TOWNSHIP, Michigan — A Marquette County mine is offering free tours as it prepares to begin operation.

The Mining Journal reports ( ) the Lundin's Eagle Mine aims to remove about 360 million pounds of nickel and 295 million pounds of copper from the ore.

The mine is already busy with trucks and semi tractor-trailers hauling rock as it gears up to start operation in about two months. Two multimillion-dollar Swedish machines about 1,000 feet below ground drill holes that will be used to blast the ore.

Two vertical shafts in the mine's underground tunnels provide 450,000 cubic feet of fresh air per minute and force exhaust out.

The mine offers weekly surface-only tours on Fridays through mid-October. Visitors are bussed to the Michigamme Township mine from Marquette.

A mine spokesman says about 400 people go on tours each year.

"Actually being able to come up here and see the facilities, (makes the tours) probably the biggest perception-changer" for the public, said Dan Blondeau, senior adviser of communication and media relations at Eagle.

Information from: The Mining Journal,

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