June 7, 2018 – 9:00 – 10:30 am

Lake Michigan Room, NIRPC Office 6100 Southport Rd. Portage, IN 46368

Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance 9:00

Introductions 9:05

NIRPC Business:

  1. Minutes 9:10

  2. Review Comment Letter for US 9:15

  3. Marquette Action Plan

    1. Overview and Public Comment Period - Gabrielle Biciunas 9:25

Main Event:

1. Deep River Dam Feasibility Study - Joe Exl 9:45

Announcements 10:15

Adjourn 10:30



Next NIRPC EMPC Meeting - August 1, 2018 9 am

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NIRPC- Lake Michigan Room May 3, 2018


Members/Guests: Bill Emerson, Jr., Jeannette Bapst, George Topoll, Will Farrellbegg, Sarah Nimetz, Lynda Lancaster, Michael Kuss, Michelle Caldwell, Lauri Keagle, George Malis, Brenda Scott Henry, Katherine Moore Powell, Robert Verbik, Kathryn Vallis, jen Birchfield, Deb Backhus, Natalie Johnson, Collin Simick, Kay Nelson, Maggie Byrne and Sarah Reese.

NIRPC Staff: Kathy Luther, Joe Exl, Dominique Edwards and Mary Thorne.

Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance

Chairman Bill Emerson, Jr., called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance and self-introductions.

NIRPC Business:

  1. Approval of Minutes

    On motion by Brenda Scott-Henry and a second by Sarah Nimetz, the April 5, 2018 EMPC meeting minutes were approved as presented.

  2. Status of USX Chromium Spill Settlement Agreement

Kathy Luther gave an update on the settlement agreement and steps to be taken by US Steel regarding its violations of the Clean Water Act. During discussion, Save the Dunes said it would be happy to facilitate a public meeting to provide as many comments as possible before the June 5 public comment deadline. Bill Emerson, Jr. made a motion, seconded by Natalie Johnson, for staff to prepare a letter recommending to the Board to actively work towards a better notification process. Motion carried. The consent decree can be viewed at Contact for more information.

Main Event:

Dominique Edwards led the discussion on input for the 2050 Plan vision and goals. Many suggestions were submitted on wordsmithing. Staff will incorporate suggestions from all NIRPC committeees into the plan.


The next meeting of the Environmental Management Policy Committee will be held on June 7, 2018 at 9 a.m.

Hearing no other business, Bill Emerson adjourned the meeting at 10:50 a.m.

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